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Ernest Yeboah AcheampongErnest Yeboah Acheampong

Presently a Phd student at the University of Joseph Fourier,Grenoble in France.A product from the THE FIFA MASTER program(MA in Sport Management,Switzerland),MBA in HRM from KNUST,Ghana. Bachelor of Education(Health,Physical Education,Recreation and Sports) from University of Education,Winneba-Ghana. 
Teacher Certificate "A" from Presbyterian Training College,Ghana. 
Holder of CAF License B coaching certificate, FIFA grassroots Coach Educator.


Actually it is dicey to erase the socioeconomic and political challenges Africa local territories and communities are confronted with, though frantic efforts for its improvement could be observed in recent times. Football professional player in Europe is seen as one of the best ways for many young people and their families and communities. This is a good opportunity for many structures as academies to create economic activity. 

In the same time, the socioeconomic development of football was evident in the last AFCON 2012 tournament where CAF released 6.6 billion global audience viewing its competition.This however shows that Africa football has seen important development in its organisation of competitions as a big event. Not only has that but also contributed to its quality players’ movement to Europe. Indeed there are 1,084 African professional players plying their trade in 13 European countries which is higher than their counterpart international players from the American zone of 1,008. In fact majority of the African professional players have featured for their local clubs, academies and other juvenile teams before joining the exodus trade to play in abroad. Interestingly most of the African professional players might hail from these communities where their football career generally began. 

Also the sprung up of football structures as clubs and academies in the local communities on the continent could be a contribute factor on one hand to young people exodus, and on another hand supporting socioeconomic development, employment, education, structures, facilities and business opportunities for the inhabitants and foreigners. 

The study was based on exploratory survey with qualitative method (interviews) involving some African professional players, technical director of Seychelles, CAF technical study committee member and founder of the Right to Dream academy and some academies. African professional players in the top three European leagues were used for the study (from 13 Europe countries; 30 professional leagues). 

This paper focused on the extent to which individuals (African professional players in Europe) and academies are contributing to their local community to positively affect development. In addition we established criteria to examine how the parties (individuals and academies) are supportive of the local development. 

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