Burundi football to go professional

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With material and technical assistance from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Burundi soccer authorities say they will launch professional football in 2012.

The decision was taken during the five-day course for Coaches, Presidents and Secretaries of first division clubs in Burundi.

The professional soccer project is being launched within the framework of FIFA’s programme called “To win in Africa with Africa”.

One of the FIFA resource persons at the course was former Cameroonian international and Canon of Yaounde player Jean Onguene Manga.

In a document titled “Bujumbura Declaration”, the participants vowed to do their best in implementing recommendations made towards the pro project.

In November 2008, the Burundi Football Association will set up a follow-up and evaluation committee to implement the “Bujumbura Declaration”.

With regards to the regulation government professional football, the declaration recommended that all clubs should obtain legal statutes which confer on them a legal existence latest by 2009.

The declaration also says that each club is required to have an administrative headquarters with a number of technical tools, like computer, telephone, fax, connection to the internet as well as a personnel capable of running the headquarters.

The clubs, especially those in the first division, will a bank account, a good training field by 2009.

They should also have technical departments led by qualified trainers recruited on contract and will have at least 25 players on each payroll among other requirements.

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