FIFA president pledges support of Zimbabwe

HARARE,– The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) president Gianni Infantino on Friday met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and pledged support towards development of football in the country.

Infantino was accompanied by his secretary general Fatma Samoura and other top world and African football executives during the closed door meeting with Mugabe at State House that lasted an hour, state-run news agency New Ziana reported.

Infantino and his colleagues were in Zimbabwe for a joint celebration of Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Phillip Chiyangwa’s birthday as well as his elevation to head the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).

President Mugabe is a self-declared lover of football.

Infantino told journalists after the meeting that the international governing body of soccer was working on a number of projects to develop soccer in Zimbabwe.

“There are some concrete projects which have already started which we are fully supporting and we would like to thank the government for having embraced these projects such as the project to create 8,000 football clubs around the whole country to develop grassroots football in a structured way from the grassroots up the pyramid to the elite football,” he was quoted as saying.

Infantino said they also discussed the project of a national football academy in Zimbabwe which they hop would revolutionize football in the country.

Zimbabwe finished last with only one point in the group stage of the recent 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon. Enditem

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