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Cecafa administrator Veronicah Lusichi among 111 graduates on FIFA Guardians in Sport programme

By Mercy Simiyu October 27th, 2023 2 min read

Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) administrator Veronicah Lusichi is among 111 graduates of the FIFA Guardians in Sport Diploma.

Developed by football’s world governing body FIFA and The Open University (OU) together with global safeguarding experts, practitioners, and academics in the field, the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Diploma is an open learning experience launched in January 2021.

The programme consists of five online courses primarily aimed at safeguarding officers at FIFA’s 211 member associations (“FIFA learners”).

FIFA learners have access to dedicated webinars, moderated forums, interactive workshops, and assessments that guide the learner through practical steps and examples of safeguarding best practices in sport.

“I am delighted to have finished this course, which offers another chapter to my football knowledge,” a beaming Lusichi told Nairobi News.

“The game has evolved in recent years and we have to learn more tips to remain abreast. African football in particular has grown and the attendance at the stadiums confirms that, plus interest in the mainstream and social media. We are grateful for this expertise.”

The graduation, which brought together representatives from Member Associations, took place at FIFA Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland.

Besides Lusichi, Sarah Birungi from the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Mohamed Ali Affasseh from the Djibouti Football Federation (DFF), Mike Kamure from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF),

Jules Karangwa from the Rwandese Federation of Association Football (FERWAFA) and Basegeta Avellin from the Burundi Football Federation (BFF) attended the workshop forum and graduated to being FIFA Guardian.

Speaking at the graduation, New Zealand football president Johanna Wood, who was among the graduates, urged the global football community to work together to safeguard everyone in the sport.

The summit was organised by FIFA to continue its work and commitment through FIFA Guardians to safeguarding and making sure everyone, at every level of football, has the right to play without fear of abuse, harassment, or exploitation.