Head Coaches and the Technical Directors of National Associations affiliated to CAF have gathered in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for the FIFA/CAF Conference for National Coaches and Technical Directors – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The conference organized by FIFA in partnership with CAF, and scheduled from Tuesday, 30 September to Wednesday, 1 October 2014 seeks to discuss the technical and tactical analysis of the competition that witnessed five African representatives namely; Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. The two-day gathering which opened on Tuesday also provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences amongst participants geared towards the development of the African game to an appreciable level. Participants will also be taken through topics such as the Trends in modern football and its impact for coaching and training as well as medical matters at the World Cup and beyond. Hany Abo Rida, FIFA Executive Committee member in his opening remarks highlighted on the importance of the event, which he described as a vital tool for the future of the game. On his part, FIFA Director of Member Associations and Development, Thierry Regenass, said discussions of the technical legacies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil from an African perspective remain the theme of the conference. He lauded the performance of the African representatives especially Algeria and Nigeria, who progressed out of the group stager before bowing at the round of 16. “Africa had two teams at the second stage in Algeria, who were a surprise and Nigeria. Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana were also very close. The general level of the African teams was extraordinarily high,” said Regenass. Instructors include Jean-Paul Brigger – FIFA Technical Director, Abdel Moneim Hussein – CAF Technical Director, Massimo Busacca – FIFA Head of Refereeing amongst others. This is the fourth time the conference is being organized after the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.