FIFA President Gianni Infantino led a delegation to Antananarivo, Madagascar, Sunday to begin the first leg of his tour of African member associations.
The delegation which includes the Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura has met the President of Madagascar, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, and the president of the Madagascar Football Association.
Monday, November 25, Infantiono led a delegation including CAF President and FIFA Vice President Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General and General Delegate for Africa Fatma Samoura, FMF President Raul Arizaka Rabekoto, FIFA Legend and special adviser to CAF President Samuel Eto’o and FIFA Foundation CEO and also a FIFA Legend, Youri Djorkaeff, to meet the
President of the Republic of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina at the Iavoloha Presidential Palace in Antananarivo.
They held discussions focused on the development of football and the strong youth talent Madagascar possesses.
Speaking at the meeting Infantino said: “I’m happy to be back in Africa, a place where I feel so at home. We are delighted to be here and to start our African tour in your country. We intend to do great things for African football, restoring the hope of many and bring smiles to the faces of millions of children in Africa.”
Following their meeting with President Rajoelina the delegation visited the FMF offices where they met with FMF President Rabekoto and members of the Executive Committee and took part in a press conference.
Infantino is also expected to visit Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique.
In July, FIFA intervened in CAF’s administrative processes with Samoura appointed to work with Ahmad and a team of experts to oversee a forensic audit of CAF among other responsibilities.