Fifa has promised to help African football improve and succeed in reaching the World Cup final.
This was contained in the message read by Fifa Secretary general Jerome Valcke, during a three-day seminar in Johannesburg, which was attended by dignitaries from 26 member associations from across the continent.
“All the commitments we are going to make for you, in terms of development support, we can guarantee them until 2022,” said the Frenchman during the convention chaired by South African Football Association (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan.
The seminar, which ended on Thursday succeeded in raising awareness on reforms and standards in football governance, addressing the problems faced by African countries and ways of combating them, and optimising the benefit of Fifa’s development programmes.
“To Those who say we doubt or criticise us, I can say that Fifa is doing a lot, and is doing very well. We have a stronger organisation, football is strong, and football is strong,” Valcke stressed.
“To those who say we are not about football, I can say that we, at Fifa, are breathing football every day- we work to develop football all day long. I am proud of what we do around the world for the greater food of football.”
Presidents, secretary generals and technical directors from Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Lybia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe attended the seminar.