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CAF Adopts Yoruba Name, “Ola” For Champions League Official Match Ball

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The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has adopted a Nigerian language name for its official match ball for this weekend’s interclubs competitions.

In a press statement on Thursday, CAF explains that “OLA,” means “wealth,” “honour,” and “respect” in Yoruba, and “rise” and “success” in Arabic. It explained that the name was chosen to symbolize the dynamic and energetic nature of African football.

Embodying the spirit of Africa, Ola’s design is inspired by the continent’s vibrant colours, art, and traditions.

OLA will be used this weekend – starting from Tunis when Espérance Sportive de Tunis hosts Al Ahly of Egypt in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final and on Sunday when Zamalek hosts RS Berkane in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final at the Cairo International Stadium.

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