KwaZulu Natal will host the first African edition of the largest global football event, the World Football Summit Africa.
It will take place at the Durban ICC on March 17 and 18 and will see global leaders of football – such as the FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura; LaLiga President, Javier Tebas; and South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan – attending.
KwaZulu Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, said global research showed that the sports industry was the second-fastest-growing sector for brands, outpacing the GDP growth of most countries.
“We are excited and very proud as the Province of KwaZulu Natal to play host to such a global event that brings all those involved in the business of sports together,” said Zikalala.
The summit will bring together over 1 000 attendees and 80 top speakers from 50 different countries. The World Football Summit reports that the summit’s economic impact on Durban will surpass €12 million.
eThekwini Municipal Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, said it was a vote of confidence in the country’s ability to host major international events. “With over 1 200 delegates from around the world expected to attend the WFS, this will once again position Durban as a globally competitive city for investment and a venue of choice for sports events.”
WFS started in Madrid in 2016 and currently hosts yearly summits in Madrid and Kuala Lumpur.