Gianni Infantino has praised Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina for his policy of developing football in the country following the FIFA President’s official visit to the country on Monday.
Infantino paid a courtesy call on President Rajoelina at the statehouse in Antananarivo on Monday at the start of his extensive tour of Africa to deepen football development on the continent.
The FIFA leader was accompanied by CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura and Malagasy Football Association (FMF) President Raul Arizaka Rabekoto.
He was also accompanied by a delegation that includes Deputy Secretary General Mattias Grafström and FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff and Special Advisor to CAF President Samuel Eto’o.
Madagascar President held talks with the football delegationPresident Rajeolina revealed his government’s committed support for football and discolsed that 32 stadiums will be built across the country over the next four years with the Mahamasina national stadium set to be renovated.
“The construction of 32 stadiums and the renovation of the Mahamasina stadium will give the Malagasy people throughout the world a big sense of pride,” President Rajoelina said.
Infantino praised the performance of the Madagascar at the recent Africa Cup of Nations and expressed hope that the country has got the potential to make a global impact in football.
President Infantino gave a FIFA jersey gift to the President of MadagascarThe Swiss national arrived in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Sunday to begin the first leg of his tour of African member associations.
Infantino met Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina as part of his itinerary and will hold meetings with officials of the FMF.
He is also expected to visit the CAF offices in Mahajunga, where FIFA Member Associations Committee was to be held.
Infantino is also expected to visit Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique.