February 20, 2018
By Tranquility News Reporter, Dar es Salaam
The 70-man FIFA delegation started arriving in Tanzania on Monday ready for the world football organ’s Summit at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) Wednesday.
Tanzania Minister for Information, Sports, Arts and Culture Harrison Mwakyembe told the media in Dar es Salaam at the weekend that the Fifa secretariat members were expected to arrive in the country today.
Dr Mwakyembe said the world soccer governing body President Gianni Infantino and his delegation will, upon his arrival in the country, meet President John Magufuli at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
The delegation comprising heads of soccer federations will also meet with journalists at the JNICC, he said.
The Fifa Summit, which is the second largest meeting for the football organ, is being held for the first time in Tanzania, attracting football officials from 19 member countries.
Infantino is expected to be accompanied by CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, Fifa vice chairman, Fifa General Secretary plus Fifa and CAF executive committees’ members.
High on the agenda of the Summit are various projects dubbed Fifa Forward Programme, Youth soccer and Women soccer. Others are Fifa calendar and improving Fifa and members’ relations.
Participant countries are Bahrain, Palestina, Saudi Arabia, United Arabs Emirates (UAE), Algeria, Burundi, Central Africa, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia, Bermuda, Monserrat, St. Lucia, Us Virgin, Maldives, Congo Brazzaville and the host, Tanzania.
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) president Wallace Karia said the federation is proud of hosting the big meeting, attributing the achievement to its good relationship with world football stakeholders.