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October 2019

Ivory Coast, News

Cooperation with the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) in progress

Representatives of Esprit de Sport International and Sweden’s Ambassador to the Ivory Coast with several countries, Maria Leissner met on Tuesday, October 8, the Ivorian Football Federation.

Maria Leissner explained that her role as ambassador is about initiating cooperation between the two countries in many different areas. It is not just about business but also about culture and sports. Maria presented Esprit de sport International to the Football Federation and expressed a desire to link football in Sweden and Ivory Coast through Esprit de Sport Internationals activities.

Maria’s initiative received a very positive reception and 1st Deputy Chair of the Football Federation, Sory Diabate mentioned that there have been many touch points over the years. It was he who negotiated and made sure that Sven-Göran Eriksson became coach of the Ivorian national team “The Elephants”.

Together we are now planning a long-term collaboration. Among other things, was discussed to start a joint project to develop female football in Ivory Coast.

Joy – Fellowship – Responsibility

Guinea Bissau, News

Esprit de Sport International visiting Guinea Bissau

During the week that passed, Esprit de Sport International visited Guinea Bissau. We were invited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to see how we can work together to develop youth sports in the country.

Guinea Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world and has a troubled history lined with civil war and corruption.

For some time now, there is a new government that largely consists of well-educated young people, many of whom have lived abroad and have now chosen to move back to their home country to help build the country. For example, the distribution of ministerial posts is 50% women and 50% men.

They may start from a very low level, but the plans presented to us are good and everyone seems to believe in what they are doing and has a desire to fight the biggest problem of all, perhaps, the corruption.

Sports sponsors have a chance to be involved in influencing how youth sports should function in the country and they are happy to see Sweden as a model and role model for this.

Esprit de Sport International Chairwoman Agneta Dahl and Secretary of State for Youth & Sports Dionisio Pereira hand out balls to FC Canchungo

We see it as a favor and a great opportunity to be part of this build-up and we will soon establish our own organization in Guinea Bissau.

We will define several different projects and work constructively over the next few years to help the sport in Guinea Bissau in their endeavors.

We will seek partnership in Sweden with companies as well as authorities and sports organizations in our work. We hope that many will stand behind us and help.

Joy  –  Fellowship  –  Responsibility