50th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVITIES / AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 21, 2014 – INVITATION TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

When: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014

The format of the football match tournament is as follows:

 For the qualifying stage-with 8 teams in total i.e 4 games on Saturday .

 For the quarter finals-with 4 teams in total i.e 2 games on Saturday and Sunday.

For 3rd place and the final -with 2 teams in total i.e 1 game on Sunday

Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (on the basketball court)

Who: Organized by the Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union Commission (AUC).

How: Teams composition: 5 vs 5 including goal keepers + 4 substitutes per team

Game rules and timing: Football matches will take place in the mornings. All football matches will last for a full-time period of 30 minutes each. In case of draws, an option of full extra-time period will be added for a period 10 minutes. Extra-time periods will include the golden goal option which is a gain in time. Penalty shoot-out will be the last resort to separate the sides

Why: The tournament as much as the Agenda 2063 aim to be fully participatory and be owned by all the continents stakeholders, with the full engagement of women and youth in particular, to rekindle the spirit of working together toward collective prosperity, common destiny under united and strong Africa.

Objectives: The tournament shares a small-scale scheme of the stages of Agenda 2063 including the participation and inclusion of all stakeholders in the conception, design, and implementation among others. Keeping the vision of the Agenda 2063 in-mind, the tournament shall heighten the core principles and values dedicated to performance with sound leadership and targets, for the prosperity of the continent in peace and solidarity.

Context: The sports tournament is part of the year long closing events of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now the African Union (AU).

Participants A total of 8 teams are expected to participate in the tournament from the following international organizations and diplomatic missions based in Addis-Ababa:

• The AUC Member States teams,

• The African Union Commission teams and,

• The United Nations-related organizations teams

Information & Registrations:

For further information and to register your team, please contact the focal persons:

 Herve Kpotsra, at KpotsraH@africa-union.org ; +251924956169

 Theresa Watwii Ndavi, at NdaviT@africa-union.org ; +251 933616556

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPORTS EVENTS ON 24 -25 MAY 2014

SOURCE: African Union Commission (AUC)

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