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The African Hockey Federation is delighted to announce the appointment of Marc-Olivier Thirion as its first project manager.

Age 29, Marco, as he is commonly known, holds joint French and German citizenship and has been based in Nairobi for the past three years where he has worked as a programme manager at a sports centre, project manager in a sports organisation and sports manager for a sports distribution company. Prior to that he worked in Mali and has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He holds an MA degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor degree in Sports Management. He has also coached athletics, as well as being involved in soccer and hockey development programmes.

In addition to French and German, he speaks English and Swahili fluently.

Seif Ahmed, President of the AFHF, in announcing this ground-breaking appointment said: ‘We received over 70 applications and Marco will bring a maturity to this job well beyond his age. His multi-linguism and experience in working in parts of Africa, combined with his academic and practical experience, make him highly suitable in helping us address important goals including hockey development in francophone countries. We are excited about this appointment and wish Marco all the best in this challenging role.’

Marco responded: ‘I was very keen to apply for this position when advertised and became convinced during the interviewing process that this was the sort of role that I have been working towards. I believe that together with the AFHF executive board I can play a part in helping African hockey take some giant strides forward.’ 

Marco will formally commence duties on 15th July 2013.

Source: African Hockey Federation Media Release