Photo: FIFA President Infantino in Ethiopia
FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrived in Addis-Ababa last night, where he met with a delegation of the Ethiopian FA led by President Juneidi Tilmo.
Football development was the main topic on the agenda.
This morning, the FIFA President had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Association, a FIFA Goal project.
He also visited the Ethiopian Youth Sports Academy, a technical centre for young female and male players.
Before departing the country, he had meetings with Ethiopia’s Sports Minister Redwan Hussein and Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom.
The FIFA delegation then went to the neighbouring country of Djibouti.
There, the programme included a meeting with Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and a visit of the Djibouti FA Headquarters – another FIFA Goal project.
President Infantino will then attend his second 2017 CAN qualifiers football game in as many days: Djibouti versus Liberia.
The Lone Stars will travel to Djibouti on Thursday, 24 March, 2016, before hosting the return five days later in Monrovia.
The West Africans have three points from their previous two games, three shy of leaders Togo and victories against pointless Djibouti will serve a huge boost to their chances of qualification.
The FIFA President will conclude his three-day trip to Africa on Friday with a visit to Gabon.
Gabon is the host of the next edition of the CAF African Cup of Nations which will be played in 2017.
Earlier the previous day, Gianni Infantino made his debut visit as FIFA President to South Sudan, FIFA’s newest Member Association.
After meeting the Head of State, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, he inaugurated the new South Sudan FA headquarters with the President of country’s FA Chabour Goc.
The inauguration was particularly poignant as the building was constructed thanks to the FIFA Goal Programme.
Later in the day, the FIFA President attended the CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between South Sudan and Benin, which the visitors won 2-1.