Africa is to football what energy is to Africa – a crucial part of the fabric and culture of the continent.
That’s why we’ve launched ‘The Africa Challenge Cup’ at this year’s Forum - a football tournament in partnership with Manchester United, Kohler, Kohler-SDMO and Clarke Energy.
Taking place at the spectacular Os Belenenses, Estádio do Restelo football stadium on 10th June from 3pm, all delegates will have the opportunity to come and watch a truly unique experience before the Forum opens on 11th June.
Manchester United legend Quinton Fortune is confirmed as Manager of the three Africa Teams, whilst Wes Brown - another Manchester United legend widely considered the greatest defender of his era - will manage three Rest of the World teams.
SIX TEAMS. 90 MINUTES. ONE WINNER
With all proceeds going to charity, we’re inviting aef attendees to join this networking event and support the playing teams which will be under the guidance of Manchester United legends Quinton Fortune and Wes Brown, who will also serve as honorary team managers.
aef attendees are invited to brush shoulders with football royalty, support an African charity but most importantly, break the ice with colleagues before those all-important aef days begin.
Start time: Monday 10th June - 3pm (kick off 4.30pm)
Location: Os Belenenses, Estádio do Restelo
Meet the Honorary Team Managers:
“The hardest man in all the town,” as immortalised in song form, Wes Brown is assured of a place in United’s history as one of the toughest defenders to represent the Reds.
A natural born defender, the Longsight lad, who could operate at centre-back or right-back, rose through the club’s youth ranks and quickly picked up the winning habit, lifting the FA Youth Cup and Reserves league title before making his first team bow in 1998.
His breakthrough campaign ended in the most glorious fashion as he picked up three winner’s medals in the 1998/99 Treble season, setting the tone for a silver-lined Reds career. Wes went on to pick up 11 major honours during the course of 14 senior seasons at Old Trafford – as well as 23 England caps - while his no-nonsense playing style ensured him a spot in the heart of United supporters forevermore.
Tough-tackling midfielder Quinton Fortune arrived at United from Atletico Madrid in 1999 as Sir Alex Ferguson sought to bolster his Treblewinning squad.
The South African international had made his name as a left-winger in La Liga, but quickly displayed a versatility and strength of character which made him an able performer at left-back and in central midfield as well as an attacking wide man.
A string of injuries disrupted Quinton’s playing career at Old Trafford, but his determination and drive to overcome them, plus his notoriously playful streak behind the scenes, meant he remained a popular squad member with his peers.
Fortune’s final game for the club was in the ill-fated 2005 FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal, where he excelled in the biggest game of his club career.