-Visit by new FIFA President follows on from CONCACAF President
-Global and regional bodies showing support for GFF leadership
-Guyana and its football to shine in international spotlight in April
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is scheduled to visit Guyana between Sunday, 9th April and Tuesday, 11th April, Guyana Football Federation President Wayne Forde said on Saturday, as international bodies focus on supporting the progress of national football associations in reforming and developing football around the world.
The visit by the leader of global football follows visits within the last six weeks by the CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice-President Victor Montagliani and FIFA Director for Africa and the Caribbean Veron Mosengo-Omba, in a further sign of the confidence regional and global bodies have in the direction of football in Guyana.
“We are delighted that the FIFA President is visiting Guyana so soon after his election last year,” said GFF President Forde. “FIFA and CONCACAF have expressed their support and encouragement for the work of the Guyana Football Federation, and this visit will be a great honour for the whole of Guyana.”
“We are excited about the prospect of building for the future of Guyana’s football with FIFA and President Infantino, as well as showcasing some of the work we are doing here during his visit.”
President Infantino was elected to lead FIFA, which governs and serves 211 member associations around the world, in February 2016 with a mandate to reform football governance, rebuild trust in the game, and increase investment in football development.
Under President Infantino, FIFA member associations now have access to at least USD 1.25 million per year to support running costs, training, infrastructure and facilities projects, and for development programmes and competitions such as youth leagues and women’s football.
“This level of funding has the power to transform football in Guyana for generations to come,” said President Forde. “We are determined to reform and develop football for all in Guyana through sustainable, careful and transparent investment and strong, ethical leadership, in line with the international vision set by FIFA and CONCACAF. We look forward to discussing this further in person with President Infantino this month.”