Soccerex has announced that African football legend, George Weah, has been confirmed as a speaker for the inaugural Soccerex Seminar in Lagos, holding from September 27 to 28, 2012.
The organisers said in a statement: “Weah is undoubtedly one of the most successful footballers the continent as ever produced. The three-time African Footballer of the year was also voted World and European Player of the year in 1995. His glittering career featured stints in England with Chelsea and Manchester City and France with Monaco, Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille, but he is most famous for the five years he spent in Italy with AC Milan.
“Since hanging up his boots Weah has devoted his time to humanitarian efforts in his native Liberia, highlighting the power of football for social change and a political career which saw him run for President in Liberia in 2005. He was also chosen to be a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
“Weah’s immense football experience and standing with Africa make him a fantastic addition to the Seminar Lagos and will add weight to a conference line up which will address key regional and international issues such as Football in West Africa, Youth Development, The Business of Football, Doing in Business in West Africa and Social responsibility.
“The event will be the first international football business event to take place in Lagos and will provide international delegates with a first look at this exciting, football mad market.
“Commenting, Former FA and Arsenal Vice Chairman and Soccerex regular, David Dein said: ‘Nigeria is like my second home – I have been travelling there for over 30 years. The passion and ability that West Africa has for the beautiful game is immense and the economy is now growing rapidly, resulting in increased opportunities around football. In that sense it is perfect timing that Soccerex has decided to come to Lagos.”