Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino, the FIFA President, is very much into action and has spoken enthusiastically about his commitment to the development of the African football.
On 27th February 2017, the President of the Federation of International Football Association said, “I have a bad habit of putting actions behind words and when I say something I put it in place or at least I try my best to put in place.”
One of the main reasons behind Gianni Infantino going into the FIFA elections in 2016 was increasing in the number of African representation at the greatest football tournament which comes once in every 4 years.
The FIFA President says, “I have been saying during my campaign that we should have 40 teams in the World Cup and out of the 40 teams, 7 should be Africans. But what we did after was not only to increase the number to 40, but to 48 teams and the African representation will definitely be more than 7.”
Gianni Infantino even toured Africa just to see how best governments and FIFA can further develop the football on the continent Africa which is still top on his wish list.
He asserted, “One of my top priorities is the development of football in Africa. African for me, since my election or even before my election when I was campaigning has been the one with top priorities. There’s a potential and we have to do what we can to explore this potential not only with words, but with concrete actions.”
The President of the Federation of International Football Association challenged African football federations by saying, “We are opening the doors to the world for African representatives to come and assist at summit meetings that we are organizing throughout the world”
He passionately added, “Last week, in Johannesburg the German FA signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the Rwandan Football Association. These types of connections are concretely what we are putting in place.”
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