from PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali, Rwanda
KIGALI, (CAJ News) – GIANNI Infantino was re-elected president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) following a historic congress in Rwanda on Thursday.
For the first time in its history, an elective FIFA congress took place in Africa.
Re-elected unopposed at this 73rd congress held in Kigali, Infantino will lead the global football’s governing body for another four years.
“Being FIFA President is an incredible honour, an incredible privilege, and it is also a great responsibility,” he told delegates.
“I am truly humbled and touched by your support, and I promise you that I will continue serving FIFA, serving football all over the world and serving all 211 FIFA member associations.”
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, opened the proceedings.
Kagame, who received the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2022 on Tuesday, welcomed the expansion of the World Cup.
It has been expanded to 48 teams. The number of slots for the continent increases from five to nine or 10 from 2026.
“Under this format, the slots available for African teams will almost double, creating even more engagement and visibility on our continent,” Kagame told delegates.
Rwanda has been lauded as an apt host for the FIFA congress, in line with the power of football to unite.
The East African country has under Kagame emerged from the genocide of 1994 to become a model of peace and an exemplary economy globally.
– CAJ News