FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Gianni Infantino returns from a two-day visit to Cameroon. This trip allowed him to meet important personalities of the country, as well as the main leaders of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot). The visit also coincided with the kick-off of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), played from January 16 to February 7, 2021 in three Cameroonian cities.
On Friday, the FIFA President was received in a private audience by Paul Biya, the President of the Republic of Cameroon, at the Unity Palace in Yaoundé. In the process, he attended a ceremony during which Issa Hayatou was made honorary president of CAF, after having headed the institution from 1988 to 2017.
“I had the pleasure to inform President Biya of the role played by FIFA in the revival of football not only in Cameroon, but also in all of Africa and in the world”, declared the President of FIFA, accompanied for the occasion by the president of CAF, Constant Omari. Afterwards, Gianni Infantino met Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Ngute.
“During our discussions with the leaders of CAF and Fecafoot, I was able to appreciate how important it was for FIFA to show its support for football in Cameroon and the whole African continent. The period is crucial as the African Nations Championship, the first international competition of the year 2021, has just started. Spectators have the opportunity to attend matches, with due regard for the security measures we have adopted, ”added President Infantino. “The resumption of competition in Africa, and especially in a major footballing country like Cameroon, is a positive message to the entire community.”
Before leaving, Gianni Infantino attended the opening ceremony and the opening match of CHAN at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaoundé, which saw Cameroon win against Zimbabwe. In all, 16 African national teams are participating in the sixth edition of the African Nations Championship, a biennial competition reserved for players playing in their respective national championships.
This tournament also benefited from the support of FIFA. Indeed, since October 2020, CAF has been using the grant from FIFA’s Covid Support Fund (USD 2 million) to relaunch its competitions. CHAN’s medical procedures, flights and accommodation were funded in this way. Distributed by APO Group for International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).
SOURCE International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)