The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) will today honour the African footballers who have contributed immensely to the development of the sports and the communities in Africa. The event is said to emphasize, support and promote what footballers and what they have done for African development.
It is no secret that African footballers send a lot of money back home; support entire communities and make investments in peace building, health, education and the environment. George Weah, Nwankwo Kanu and Didier Drogba, are especially famous, amongst other African football elites, for their humanitarian activities.
The categories of the Awards according to the BBC are as follow;
Peace Award: best efforts in peace building and reconciliation
Health Award: best or most innovative health or rehabilitation project
Youth Award: quality and innovation in youth development and advancement
People’s Choice Award: as voted for by the general public
Green Award: best and most innovative environmentally sustainable project
Education Award: highest impact or most pioneering educational project
Foundation Award: best and most innovative football foundation
Diversity Award: greatest contribution to the promotion of diversity
Mentoring Award: commitment to cultivating and nurturing African talent
Enterprise Award: most exciting business investment or project in Africa
Partnership Award: international individual or organisation contributing to African development through football
Lifetime Achievement Award: recognition of an individual’s legacy of outstanding contribution to African development and football
Among the judging panel for the awards is former France World Cup-winning skipper Marcel Desailly, of Ghanaian descent.