World Football body, FIFA will on February 11th officially open the FIFA regional development office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Veron Mosengo-Omba, FIFA the director member Associations & development for Africa/Caribbean said opening a new regional development office in Addis Ababa is prove that FIFA is committed to drive global football development and further strengthen and enhance it’s ties with confederations and member associations.
The FIFA regional development office in Addis Ababa will serve members of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) and the Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF).
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is also expected to grace the occasion. In 2016, when elected FIFA President, Infantino made a promise to develop closer ties between FIFA and it’s member associations and under the Forward Programme regional development offices have been created.
“Having this regional office in Addis Ababa will also help provide quick help and hands-on assistance to benefit football from the grassroots in the region,” added Mosengo-Omba
President of CECAFA member countries including South Sudan’s Francis Amin Micheal are expected to be in Addis Ababa to grace the occasion.
The Addis Ababa office will be the tenth regional FIFA development office after the Caribbean office which was opened last year since the creation of the FIFA Forward Development Programme in 2016.