The official launch of the African Football Hall of Fame took place on 10 March 2013 at the venue of the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football, in Marrakech, Morocco. The Hall of Fame, designed by CAF, is aimed at cognising and keeping a place in history, the exploits of the people who have, and still are working towards portraying football on the continent in a positive way.
The Launch was carried out by the President of CAF, in the presence of the entire delegates of the General Assembly, and also with dignitaries present, like the FIFA President Sepp Blatter among others.
The Launch also coincides with the re-election of the President Issa Hayatou, who got an overwhelming majority and vote of confidence by his members, as he was returned unopposed to serve another four year term in office.
With the Launch came the unveiling of a CAF Hall of Fame banner, as well as the official switch-on of the official website of the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame has also been registered on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter as it is meant to be an interactive process that would take the views of the general football public in nominating potential members for the Hall of Fame for future investiture ceremonies.
Commenting on the concept, CAF General Secretary Hicham el-Amrani said “there is no other way to celebrate the success of African stars and this initiative was just to good to allow to pass”.
The General Secretary explained that the Executive Committee approved the setting up of the Hall of Fame with a view to making sure that the “names and exploits of players, officials and administrators who have made Africa proud over the years, will remain in history”.
The will be a physical Hall of Fame at the CAF Secretariat in 6th October City, Egypt when he expansion work on the Secretariat is completed soon, and this will be in a virtual form, with a massive terminal that would have details of all members and what hey have done to achieve Hall of Fame status.
Mr el-Amrani also explained that the process of nomination into the Hall of Fame will be two-fold, with a Hall of Fame Committee to be set up by CAF to look at the nomination and selection process, which in turn, will be ratified by the CAF Executive Committee.
The Director of the Hall of Fame is Ayotunde Adelakun, and he will be overseeing the day-to-day running of the project and its activities.