FIFA President Gianni Infantino stressed on Saturday in Salé the need to increase the volume of investment in African football in order to promote it and raise it to the rank of the world elite.
The promotion of African football requires the development of infrastructure, the establishment of good governance, the upgrading of arbitration and the reform of competitions, said Mr. Infantino in a statement to the press at the after the closing session of the study day on the development of football competitions and infrastructures in Africa held at the Mohammed VI football complex in Salé.
The FIFA President reviewed a number of proposals made during the study day, including the organization of the African Cup of Nations (AfCON) every four years, the creation of championships for under 18 and 19 and the establishment of a super professional league which will stage the 20 best clubs on the continent.
According to Infantino, the AfCON should be contested once every four years, in order to make it commercially viable and attractive on a global scale, all the more since the competition currently generates revenues 20 times lower than those of the Euro.
Infantino also announced FIFA’s intention to invest $ 1 billion so that each country, among the 54 members of the African Football Confederation, can build a world-class stadium.
The president of the world body did not miss the opportunity to praise the new Mohammed VI football complex, which ranks among the best world centers and must be a pride not only for Morocco but for Africa and the world.
This sporting event brought together the most prominent players in the field of football, experts from FIFA and CAF, legends of African football, security and media officials, as well as notable experts in the fields of strategy and finance, which presented, the best options for raising funds to build, develop and secure football infrastructure.