World’s Football governing body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino on Friday launched a Regional Football Development Office in Rwanda, Kigali.
Rwanda becomes the third country in Africa, after Senegal and South Africa, to have a FIFA regional development office.
The office inaugurated in Rwanda becomes the 11th Regional Development Office all over the world alongside India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, Barbados, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
The signing and inauguration of the office in Rwanda was attended by delegates from the FIFA Member Associations Presidents as well government officials including Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju and Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta as well FERWAFA President Rtd Brig. General Jean-Damascene Sekamana.
Speaking at the launch of the Office, Infantino commended the President Paul Kagame for welcoming FIFA to start operations, through the Regional Offices that the World governing body opened in Kigali.
“We have decided to open this regional office because we are aware that we need to do more for football development, competitions organization and we need to do more for East Africa because it is part of such a big passion for football. This office’s main task is not to organise meetings but to develop football.
We need to nurture our talents and we need to focus on what we can do and this regional office is at the heart in this part of Africa that will give the incentive to organize events competitions, academies to make sure that our children play in structured programmes in academies and they can grow and show to the rest of Africa and the world what can be done in this region,” he added.
FIFA’s regional office in Kigali will have the mandate to coordinate all its related activities in specific regions, provide strategic guidance to regional Member Associations, and provide recommendations to FIFA Headquarters for development support in the region.
Minister Biruta commended FIFA for choosing Rwanda as the host nation of the regional office and pledged full support and cooperation so the regional office can achieve its mandate through coordinating FIFA activities in the region, providing strategic guidance to regional member associations, and advising FIFA headquarters on development support in the region.
“We wish to reiterate our commitment to work closely with FIFA to use football as a vehicle to advance key priorities of our region and Africa such as education, and children development with the football in schools Programme,” he said.
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