FIFA president Gianni Infantino lauds SAFA after first-ever African held FIFA Football Summit
Posted: 23 February 2017 Time: 21:28
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described the South African Football Association as “highly impressive” after the continent’s maiden hosting of a FIFA Football Summit.
Football Association presidents from around the globe, led by newly elected FIFA chief Infantino, were in attendance at the event, staged at the Sandton Convention Centre this week, with the focus on football development across the board.
SAFA’s presentation, led by president Dr Danny Jordaan, included a focus on the Vision 2022 proposal, which would see the construction of a National Technical Centre, as well as plans to boost youth development and coaching education.
"I am highly impressed by what SAFA has achieved; the SAFA HQ is highly impressive and the plans for the National Technical Centre will make SAFA an example for other FAs on the continent," Infantino said on SAFA’s official website.
When speaking to the assembled bosses, Infantino’s proposal for a 48-team FIFA World Cup was unanimously endorsed, with the FIFA chief keen on expanding the reach of football across the planet.
He said: "The FIFA World Cup has always provided places for between 15 and 20 percent of the total FIFA membership eg, in 1966 there were 16 team of a total membership of 70; 1982 (24 teams of 107 membership); 1998 (32 teams of 170 membership) and in 2026 48 teams of 211 membership."