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FIFA scribe pledge support to Salone & others

World football governing body, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has underscored the organization’s support of Sierra Leone and other Africa football nations during a three-day seminar in Johannesburg, which was attended by dignitaries from 26 member associations from across the continent.

Valcke said FIFA will ensure that all the Africa nations improve and develop and professionalize their leagues.

He said: “All the programmes we will discuss at this seminar, we can guarantee them to you until 2022, and this is both powerful and remarkable.

“We will make sure that you can improve and develop, that you can professionalize your leagues, that you can develop grassroots football for everyone who wants to play football in Africa. We will help you get better, and we want an African team to soon reach the FIFA World Cup Final.”

Valcke passionately went on to stress FIFA’s commitment to developing the sport across the globe. “To those who doubt or criticize us, I can say that FIFA is doing a lot, and is doing very well,” he said. “We have a stronger organisation, football is strong, and football is strong. All the commitments we are going to make for you, in terms of development support, we can guarantee them until 2022.

“To those who say we are not about football, I can say that we, at FIFA, are breathing football every day – we work to develop football all day long. I am proud of what we do around the world for the greater good of football.”

Presidents, secretaries general and technical directors from Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Lybia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe all attended the seminar.