Today in history: Abedi Pele gets FIFA post


On 18th March, 2009, the World football governing body nominated Ghana legend Abedi Pele to work serve on the technical committee for the CAF Confederations Cup tournament held in South Africa.

The tournament which took place from 14th-28th June, 2009 was won by Brazil after they defeated USA in the  all American grand finale

Other participating countries were Spain, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, Iraq, USA, Egypt and the host nation South Africa.

Abedi’s core duty was joining the technical brains to analyse matches at the tournament that involves continental champions.

The maestro, prior to this appointment was a member of the football committee of the game’s world governing body Fifa and an official ambassador for the 2010 World Cup.

Abedi Pele became the first player to win the African Player of the year on 3 consecutive occasions and as a soccer  administrator, he was a member of the management board of the Ghana FA during Ben Kouffie’s era as GFA chairman.

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