The FIFA regional development office (CECAFA and UNAF) has been opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Ato Ristu Yirdaw together with FIFA President Gianni Infantino officially opened the office in a ceremony on Monday afternoon.
“It feels very good to open this office because it’s another step in the right direction showing that FIFA wants to be at the service of football. The office in Addis Ababa shows that we are serious to develop football in the region,” added Infantino.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, Veron Mosengo-Omba, the FIFA Development Director for the Caribbean and Africa Region and South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) President Francis Amin Micheal were some of the officials who attended the ceremony.
“This is very good for our region because we now have to travel a short distance to Ethiopia when handling issues of football development,” said a happy Amin.
The Addis Ababa office is the tenth regional FIFA development office created since the creation of the FIFA Forward Development Programme in 2016.
Other FIFA development offices have already been established in India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.