FIFA pledges to build stadiums in Tanzania

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FIFA pledges to build stadiums in Tanzania

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 19, 2018

    Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

    Cape Town – Tanzania is serious about developing the beautiful game of football and the world football governing body, FIFA, is ready to assist the country’s effort.   

    Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, pledged that FIFA would construct modern stadiums in nine regions in Tanzania. 

    According to an official report, Infantino made the promise after a meeting with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa in the east African country. 

    The FIFA chief, who was in the country for the federation’s executive summit, said having modern stadiums upcountry was one of the best ways to turn around the country’s football fortunes. 

    Infantino further noted that Tanzania already has a framework that can be worked upon for long-term                            success. 

    He promised to establish a productive working relationship with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), geared towards sustainable development. 

    Tanzania was the destination and attention of world football for two days during the FIFA executive summit, which ended this week in Dar es Salaam. 

    The FIFA boss also showered praise on the government for its efforts to arrest corruption and embezzlement in football. 

    He also warned national football association officials, who misuse funds they receive from the football body for development, saying they will be doing so at their own peril. 

    “FIFA releases US$1,2 million for each national association for football development, but some officials misuse the money,” he charged. 

    Earlier, Prime Minister Majaliwa assured Infantino that Tanzania will team up with FIFA in promoting youth and women’s soccer in the country. 

    Majaliwa added that the fifth phase government “would like to see Tanzania joining the best football playing nations in Africa and the world at large”.

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