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New app draws African footballing talent

Kaazi is a web-based platform that allows football players across Africa to build their own football profile.

Players using Kaazi's football talent identification and recruitment platform can add videos and upload match highlights to showcase their talent directly to scouts and professional football clubs.

Scouts and professional football clubs can use the app to search for talents and organise football trial matches.

In July, Kaazi gave early access to football players from Nana Yaw’s network living in Ghana and Nigeria. Kaazi now plans to onboard recruiters and thousands of football players during its public beta.

The Kaazi app, which was founded last year during of Covid-19, is currently free for all football players and recruiters on

Nana Yaw and NW London FC teammates celebrate a win at the Arsenal Charity Shield match, 2017, Emirates Stadium

“Kaazi is here to give visibility and provide a safe platform where African football players can showcase their talents,” said Nana Yaw Oppong-Mensah, founder of Kaazi. "Africa is the go-to market for talents, we want to build a strong community to empower these players."

Kaazi also includes a verification process for recruiters in order to ensure players safety. African football players continue to be in high demand in top European football leagues, but their journeys isn’t always smooth. An estimated 15,000 African football players are trafficked annually with the hope of signing a professional contract in Europe.

“At Kaazi we believe we can shape the future of football; we are on the journey to build the biggest football talent network in Africa," said Nana Yaw, who is also an English FA licensed football coach and scout, has witnessed the increasing frustration and desperation of football players in his hometown in Ghana. "We want football players in the remotest part of Africa to be able to safely showcase their talents and get scouted.”

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