FIFA chief Infantino arrives in Cairo ahead of CAF congress, visits Egyptian Museum

Ahram Online , Reuters , Wednesday 17 Jul 2019,
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FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum
FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum (Photo: The antiquities ministry)

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to attend Thursday's CAF congress as well as the Africa Cup of Nations final between Algeria and Senegal a day later.

The Swiss said the unprecedented move to step in and jointly administer African football with the regional body CAF will "significantly improve" the sport on the continent.

Infantino also brushed aside suggestions that there was widespread opposition to the move which followed corruption allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.

FIFA is sending its Senegalese secretary general Fatma Samoura on a ninth-month secondment from August to overhaul CAF which has been plagued by chaos.

Infantino attended a CAF executive committee meeting on Wednesday where members were shown an 11-point plan.

Suggestions in the plan, seen by Reuters, included possible changes to the format of CAF competitions, a review of refereeing and a task force to improve stadium security.

Other points included a review of CAF's judicial bodies, full transparency of money flows and implementation of good governance principles.

"What counts is that we decide to cooperate, that the highest FIFA administrator is coming to work with CAF...to improve African football significantly," Infantino told reporters.

Visit to Egyptian Museum

Infantino also toured the famous Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square, visiting several halls including one containing ancient mummies.

The antiquities ministry quoted him as saying that he was impressed by what he saw at the museum.

"Egypt's history is glorious and its future will be bright," he reportedly said.

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FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum (Photo: The antiquities ministry)


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FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum (Photo: The antiquities ministry)


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FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum (Photo: The antiquities ministry)


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FIFA chief Infantino visits Egyptian Museum (Photo: The antiquities ministry)

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