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President Infantino reiterates FIFA’s commitment to African football

We are more committed than ever to making sure we get these US $ 1 billion for infrastructure investment in African football.

ZURICH, Switzerland, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

Infantino promises to give African football the support it “deserves”; FIFA President highlights “unmatched” potential of African football; The IMC and the Pan-African Super League on the agenda of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the CAF.

During CAF’s 13th Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino assured delegates that FIFA will continue to support the continent as a priority and highlighted the crucial role that African football will play in the future of the soccer.

Last year, the FIFA president promised to “project African football to the top of the world” and laid out plans for FIFA and CAF to raise a minimum fund of $ 1 billion to invest in strong and sustainable infrastructure in Africa. .

Speaking in Cairo on Friday, the FIFA president emphasized the importance of these investments.

“We are more committed than ever to making sure we get these 1 billion dollars for infrastructure investment in African football, because this is what African football deserves,” said the FIFA president.

“This is truly the year of collaboration, of partnership, of unity among us. We are committed to that; we are committed to investing in infrastructure in Africa ”.

In addition to these investments in infrastructure, FIFA understands the importance of more competitive and regular football for the development of football on the pitch in Africa.

Two topics that were debated at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the CAF in Cairo were the consultation on the International Match Calendar (IMC) and the proposal for a Pan-African Super League.

Arsène Wenger, Head of Global Soccer Development, was also present to discuss the IMC and the possibility of a biennial FIFA World Cup. Wenger wants African teams to play at a higher level, more often.

“It is important that you have access to high-level competitions, that Africa has, more often, the access to compete at the highest level. He’s a huge contributor to improvement, ”Wenger said.

“I defend this project because it is to make football better and more competitive.”

The FIFA president spoke about the particular importance of consultation with African stakeholders due to the youth makeup of the continent.

“We need to protect football and we must ensure that football remains relevant to our young generation. And I would say particularly in a continent like Africa, where 40% of the population is less than 15 years old ”, he said.

“We have to think ahead, we have to think about how we can make our sport more enthusiastic, more relevant to the young generation, who today have a lot of other things to focus on.”

“It is important that you have access to high-level competitions, that Africa has, more often, the access to compete at the highest level. He’s a huge contributor to improvement, ”Wenger said.

“I defend this project because it is to make football better and more competitive.”

The FIFA president spoke about the particular importance of consultation with African stakeholders due to the youth makeup of the continent.

“We need to protect football and we must ensure that football remains relevant to our young generation. And I would say particularly in a continent like Africa, where 40% of the population is less than 15 years old ”, he said.

“We have to think ahead, we have to think about how we can make our sport more enthusiastic, more relevant to the young generation, who today have a lot of other things to focus on.”

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