FIFA President Gianni Infantino opened FIFA’s regional development office for the East African region on Friday at a ceremony attended by the region’s top football officials.
The global football body called the new office a “significant boost” to the long-term development of football in East Africa.
Infantino said the office will facilitate the development of football, noting that FIFA is in partnership with various countries globally to improve the sport.
“I would like to thank President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan government for making it easier to open this office, because it sets the stage for us at the FIFA level so that we can help all associations at the regional level to develop football,” the president said.
“Infrastructure, competition, development and education, these are the key areas that FIFA is focused on, and the task of this office will be to implement FIFA’s program forward in the region.”
The decision to establish FIFA’s regional development offices around the world was made in 2017 with the aim of better providing services to member associations and bringing them closer to their needs.
Africa will host four offices, the remaining three are located in Dakar, Senegal, Johannesburg in South Africa and Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.
For his part, the Rwanda football boss welcomed FIFA’s decision to select Kigali as one of the host locations for FIFA’s Regional Development Office.
“The Rwanda Football Federation is grateful for the establishment of this office in the region, proving the extent of FIFA’s commitment to football development in Africa, and we are deeply grateful that Kigali has been chosen as the home of this FIFA Regional Development Office,” he said. e, Jean-Damascene Sekamana.
Infantino later met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who he said also wanted to improve the game.
“I was thrilled to meet Mr. Kagame again. He is truly a loyal football fan who is committed to promoting sport and football as a symbol of peace and a means to promote important social values, especially among young people in the community, ”said the FIFA President.
“From a FIFA perspective, we also thank the Rwandan government for its support of FERWAFA and local football. It helps build a solid foundation for the progress of football in Rwanda. “
Earlier today, President Kagame met with Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA. pic.twitter.com/jU1wnXKcCy
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