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FIFA president visits Rwanda to promote local football

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- The FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called on the Rwanda soccer federation body (FERWAFA) to actively take part in the development of local football to be able to compete at the global level.

He made the remarks on Saturday while speaking shortly after arriving in the Rwandan capital Kigali for a two-day visit.

It is Infantino’s first visit to Africa since he was elected in February last year to replace Sepp Blatter.

Upon his arrival at Kigali International Airport, the FIFA boss went straight to Amahoro National Stadium where he watched the Azam Rwanda local Premier League football match between Police Fc and Rayon Sports.

“Rwandans have got an amazing soccer talent, but there is a need to exploit this talent for bigger football competitions. Rwanda football association should not relent its effort in developing young people into international soccer stars,” he said.

Later in the evening, Infantino laid a foundation stone for the construction of FERWAFA hotel.

The hotel, whose construction works is expected to take 18 months, is estimated to cost about 4.4 million U.S. dollars.

It is expected to reduce on the expenses that the Rwanda ministry of sports incurs on national teams during residential training or accommodation for visiting national teams.

The facility is part of the FIFA development program aimed at helping developing countries to establish infrastructure and facilities to boost the growth of the game as well as creating lasting and sustainable income-generating activities.

FIFA will finance 65 percent of the total cost while an additional financial support will be raised from other local banking partners.

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FIFA vows to boost growth of African football

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The visiting President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Gianni Infantino has said Africa has got football talent which needs to be developed.

Infantino who is in Africa on a working tour, said the international football governing body will increase its investment in African football from the 27 million to 94 million U.S. dollars annually starting this year.

“Africa will see the benefits of football development from FIFA and I hope we can have a world champions from this continent,” he said on Saturday while on a visit to Uganda that will see him also go to Rwanda. He started his visit in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Infantino said the football body is interested in developing football on the continent and that explains why he appointed an African woman as the FIFA secretary general in Fatma Samoura.

In Uganda, he met different football stakeholders and discussed how to develop football.

Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament thanked Infantino for his visit to Africa noting that such events should be regular so that their top football officials at FIFA get firsthand information on the development of football on the continent.

While in Rwanda, Infantino is expected to lay a foundation stone on the construction of Rwanda FA (FERWAFA) Village Phase 1. The facility, according to the football body, will have a hotel, a gymnasium and mini-pitches for volleyball, basketball and football.

The hotel is part of the FIFA development program aimed at helping developing countries to establish infrastructure and facilities to boost the growth of the game as well as creating long lasting and sustainable income generation activities.

FIFA will finance 65 percent of the total cost while an additional financial support will be raised from other local partners.

In South Africa, Infantino attended a FIFA executive summit before heading to Zimbabwe on Thursday where he was the chief guest to grace the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Presidency celebrations organized by the newly elected president Philip Chiyangwa.

On March 16, Infantino is expected to attend the General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CAF is the continent’s football governing body.

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FIFA president to visit Ghana to strengthen ties

By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Sunday announced FIFA President Gianni Infantino will pay Ghana a one-day working visit on Monday.

The leader of world football’s governing body will arrive in Accra Monday morning as he seeks to further strengthen the ties between FIFA and Ghana.

Infantino will meet Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

“This is an important milestone for football in Ghana with President Infantino coming to the country to share ideas of his vision for the game,” Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi told Ghanafa.org.

Nyantakyi said the FA is delighted to host the FIFA President in Ghana and it is confident the visit will further accelerate the development of the game in the country.

The Swiss national will then visit the GFA headquarters where he will meet federation officials and staff of the organisation.

Infantino will then hold a meeting with the Executive Committee of the GFA and key stakeholders of the game to brainstorm on his vision for football.

Infantino is visiting several FIFA member associations around the globe to share ideas on his new vision of developing the game across the globe.

             

 

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