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FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Gianni Infantino met the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Oswald Homeky, and the President of the Beninese Federation of Football (FEBEFOOT President), Mathurin de Chacus, to discuss the ongoing development of football in the country, as well as the challenges African football faces in the future.

The meetings, which were held in Cotonou, took place exactly five years after Gianni Infantino won the FIFA presidential elections in 2016.

“The passion for football here in Benin is incredible and the love for our game is heartwarming and inspiring,” said the FIFA President. “I would like to congratulate President Talon for the investment his government has made in football and the good work FEBEFOOT has done to nurture football talent to improve skills and develop the game in this great nation. We need countries that can be role models for others in the region and around the world, and Benin may very well be one of those models. We look forward to working even more closely with the government and FEBEFOOT to elevate Beninese football to the highest level.

The importance of promoting sport and football in particular, through schools, a common theme throughout the FIFA President’s tour of Africa was one of the key themes of discussions with the authorities. Among other projects, Benin and FIFA continue to work together on FIFA’s Football for Schools initiative, which promotes safe and healthy lifestyles for young people and teaches them life skills through football, and the tournament. Pan-African football for schools was also discussed.

“We thank FIFA and FIFA President Infantino for returning to Benin, as it was here, two years ago, that the signing of the very first Memorandum of Understanding on the Football for Youth initiative. FIFA schools took place, ”said FEBEFOOT President Mathurin de Chacus. “Since Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA President, he has shown a strong commitment by supporting African football with several initiatives. I congratulate the President of FIFA for everything he has done over the past five years to support football in Benin, in Africa and around the world.

In addition, the Beninese government and FEBEFOOT reiterated their commitment to develop various projects with funding from the FIFA Forward program, including a football center of excellence in N’Dali, a city located in the northern part of the country.

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