FIFA President Gianni Infantino discusses the additional investment and commitment for further support to grow the football scenario in the country while visiting Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
The FIFA President met with the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yousif Adam Aldai, and with the President of the Sudan Football Association (SFA), Kamal Shaddad to talk about the future plans.
FIFA President and his delegation revisited the strong football history of Sudan. Sudan is the founding member of CAFlong with Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Africa. The first headquarter of CAF was in Sudan and also host the first-ever African Cup of Nations in 1957.
FIFA President said, “Sudan was a founding member of CAF, and has been one of the first African nations to join FIFA.”
“Now we must work together, to bring the success of the past to the future. I can guarantee that FIFA will work closely with the whole football community in Sudan, with women and men, to continue to develop football and to bring Sudan back where it deserves to be, at the top of African football.”
FIFA president also promised to provide funding to refurbish the Khartoum Stadium. He said, “I was saddened when I visited Khartoum Stadium and witnessed its current state.”
“This is a historical venue and we need to protect and cherish its history. We will invest and work together with the government and the SFA to make everyone in Sudan proud of the stadium again.”
“We spoke with the Chairman of the transitional sovereignty committee about investment in football because there is incredible talent in the country to be developed.”
“We spoke about football being part of the school system and about women’s and girls’ football – a very important area of the game. The Sudan Football Association is already doing excellent work in this regard, and it can only increase once combined with the continued support of the Sudanese government and FIFA. We are all part of the same team, and we will all work together and show that we care about the people of Sudan and football here.”- he added.
The FIFA President also attended a women’s football training session at the academy located next to the SFA and had the opportunity to meet with members of the teams.