8 January 2019

Africa: Legends and CAF Delegation Visit Goree Island

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.

African football leaders and legends paid a visit to the historic Goree Island as part of events for the 2018 AITEO CAF Awards in Senegal.

The CAF 1st Vice President Amaju Pinnick led the delegation made up of CAF Executive Committee members, FA Presidents and some of current and former footballers during Monday's visit.

In the absence of CAF President Ahmad, who was in Guinea together with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino on an official visit, Pinnick led the team as they taken on a tour of the site that was part of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

The delegation was met on arrival by the Major of Goree Island, Mr Augustin Senghor, who is also a CAF Executive Committee Member and the President of the Senegal FA.

The team that included male and female legends like Samuel Eto'o, El Hadji Diouf, Titi Camara, Mark Fish, Anthony Baffoe, Kanu Nkwankwo, Mercy Akide, Perpetua Nkwocha, Adjoa Bayor and Chrestinah Kgatlana were given an introductory history of the island.

The delegation was then taken on a tour of the Island before going through the House of Slaves to relive the horrors of the slave trade throughout the Atlantic world.

The African football delegation went through the infamous "Door of No Return", which is said to be the last place exported slaves touched African soil for the rest of their lives.

Teary-eyed African football leaders observed the one-time slave-trade outpost and gazed over the crashing ocean waves that carried millions of Africans to lives of servitude.

Before leaving the compound, the African football delegation observed a moment of silence before Pinnick signed a guest book, writing: "Football is a powerful tool that will be used to educate the world that we are all equal and part of the human race. This must never happen again."

The delegation visited the famous Mariama Ba school on the island where the brightest girls in Senegal are taken to be educated in the state-funded boarding school.

Pinnick, Eto'o, Akide and Diouf addressed the pupils of the school to inspire them to achieve their goals in life.

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