Players struggle with life after retirement from active football but the discussion will go a long way in changing that, if recommendations are implemented.
Apart from ex-players from Africa, football administrators and stakeholders are also in Morocco for discussion on the future of African football. One of the major highlights of their discuss is moving the Nations Cup to a date in June where it will no longer clash with the European club season is one recommendation that could be passed‚ as well as a possible expansion of the tournament to 24 teams.
There will also be a discussion on changing the next Nations Cup hosts to Morocco‚ who are set to take over the 2019 finals from Cameroon. Morocco who opted out of hosting the AFCON in 2012 due to breakout of Ebola disease in some Africa country are now back in the picture.
The frequency of the Nations Cup will be discussed too but holding it every two years rather than every four years means more money for African football and more competitive games for the continent’s national teams, so changing the time might prove abortive.
CAF are also thinking that playing group matches of the Champions League in May‚ June and July, where the continent’s top leagues are supposed to be off on holiday, badly impacts on clubs from top leagues‚ including that of South Africa.
They will propose changing the dates of the Champions League and Confederation Cup so that it begins in September and ends in May‚ like the similar competitions in Europe
Apart from Okocha, other stars including Neil Tovey of South Africa, Patrick Mboma and Samuel Etoo of Cameroun, Kalusha Bwalya etc.
The Football Associations around Africa will also be present including the Nigeria Football Federation. The symposium will run for two days, (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Rabat, Morocco.