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Awards honour African stars

George Weah
Liberia's George Weah won two awards

African players who have made outstanding individual contributions to their communities were honoured at a special ceremony in London on Thursday.

Held under the auspices of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), the inaugural SCORE4Africa awards were intended to recognise football's contribution to the continent's development.

The likes of Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu and George Weah were honoured in categories such as peace building, health, education and the environment.

"The thinking behind this concept is to highlight, support and encourage what football and footballers do for African development," said Score4Africa official, Ayo Alli.

He added: "African footballers send a lot of money home; they make investments and support entire communities, so this is something we want to highlight and support."

The judging panel for the awards included former France World Cup-winning skipper Marcel Desailly.

Categories

The Peace Award: George Weah for the best efforts in peace building and reconciliation
The Health Award: Kanu Heart Foundation for the best or most innovative health or rehabilitation project
The Youth Award: Diambars Academy, Senegal for quality and innovation in youth development and advancement
The People's Choice Award: Didier Drogba as voted for by the general public
The Green Award: Mathare Youth Sports Association, Kenya for the best and most innovative environmentally sustainable project
The Education Award: Craig Bellamy Foundation, Sierra Leone for the highest impact or most pioneering educational project
The Foundation Award: Right to Play for the best & most innovative football foundation
The Diversity Award: Football Unites, Racism Divides for the greatest contribution to the promotion of diversity
The Mentoring Award: Arsene Wenger for unswerving commitment to cultivating and nurturing African talent
The Partnership Award: Chelsea FC and Right to Play for the international individual or organisation contributing to African development through football
The Lifetime Achievement Award: George Weah for recognition of an individual's legacy of outstanding contribution to African development and football
The Enterprise Award: Alive & Kicking for the most exciting business investment or project in Africa


see also
Kanu to tackle homeless problem
02 Jul 08 |  African
Striker Kanu's ultimate goal
25 Sep 06 |  Football


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