FIFA To Support Africa With $1bn.
The world football governing body fifa is to raise $1bn dollars to build at standard one stadium in each African country.
Speaking at the 80th anniversary celebrations of DR Congo side TP Mazembe in lumumbashi recently Gianni Infantino said that Fifa wants African football to shine and will work with the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and other stakeholders to improve refereeing, infrastructure and competitions on the continent.
To do this, he said fifa will implement a three pillar approach: refereeing, infrastructure and competitions, in close cooperation with Caf, all of its 54 member associations across Africa and other stakeholders.
The plans include creation of a professional and elite group of African referees through proper Reformation, who will be independent of administration and political bodies.
On infrastructure, Infantino said Fifa would mobilize companies and entrepreneurs to raise $1bn with the objective of building at least one stadium that complies with Fifa’s standards in each African country.
He said focus would be on new and better competitions to generate more revenue so that the African clubs can retain talented players.
He talked of the possibility of creating an African League that would see the best clubs from the continent play against each other.
Regional competitions and youth tournaments will also help develop the young players in Africa.