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FIFA president Infantino to visit Uganda, Rwanda

Uganda’s Magogo with Infantino at a Doha meeting on Thursday. PHOTO FUFA MEDIA

The President of world soccer governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino, will visit Uganda next week.

“I am very pleased to confirm my visit. I will be arriving in Entebbe on 25th February 2017,” Infantino said in a letter to Uganda’s soccer governing body FUFA

“I have no doubt that this visit will help us to lay foundations for further cooperation and to share our personal visions for the continued development of our sport in your country.”

Infantino will fly in from Kigali Rwanda, where he will be the guest of honour at a Foundation-laying ceremony of the FERWAFA recreation facility.

Infantino who was elected to office in 2016, has embarked on meeting all FIFA Member Associations around the globe to share ideas on football development projects.

Infantino had his first official visit to Africa in Gabon in March 2016 after his election to the helm of football’s world governing body. He has also been to Nigeria and South Sudan.

“Football needs such contacts for the sport to grow. Ugandan football will not be the same after his visit. It is a great moment in Ugandan football,” said FUFA president Moses Magogo, who  is in Doha with Infantino for a FIFA Executive football summit.

He joins several world sports leaders who have visited Uganda. Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge visited Uganda in 2007, following on a visit in 1985 by Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Infantino will first grace the world football governing body’s executive summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on February 21 and 23, and then fly to Harare, Zimbabwe to grace the COSAFA Presidency celebrations organized by ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa before heading to Kigali later in the evening of February 24, 2017.

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