FIFA ‘deeply concerned’ at social media footage of DR Congo Under-20 women’s national team


Global soccer players’ union FIFPRO posted video footage appearing to show team training in the street before an Under-20 World Cup qualifier.

FIFPRO says the video, which it posted to its official Twitter page on Thursday, shows the team executing a passing drill on a dirt road with cars and motorbikes passing by. At one point, the drill is interrupted as a yellow van drives down the road between the players.

“Player welfare is a top priority for FIFA and we have taken immediate steps with authorities in the country, including FECOFA [the Congolese Federation of Football Association], to guarantee the safety and welfare of all players involved,” said FIFA in a statement sent to CNN.

Players’ union FIFPRO says FECOFA did not book adequate pitch time ahead of the team’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon on September 25, which the team lost 4-0 at home.

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