FIFA to raise US$1 billion for stadium construction in Africa
FIFA to raise US$1 billion for stadium construction in Africa
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FIFA to raise US$1 billion for stadium construction in Africa

FIFA said it is on the verge of building one stadium in each African member country with US$1 billion being proposed for the project.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the body would mobilize companies and entrepreneurs to raise around US$1 billion to build at least one stadium that complies with Fifa's standards in each African country.

Speaking in Lubumbashi during the 80th-anniversary celebrations of DR Congo side TP Mazembe, Infantino said FIFA will pay attention on growing new and better competitions for revenue generation.

"We want to bring it (Africa) to the highest of heights and show the world the outstanding talent and amazingly gifted players your continent possesses," he said on BBC.

"To do this, we want to implement a three-pillar approach: refereeing, infrastructure and competitions, in close cooperation with Caf, all of its 54 member associations across Africa and other stakeholders.

"I am positive that we will make African football reach the top level where it should be because the quality and potential are here."

Another of the plans is for Fifa to create a professional and elite group of African referees who will be independent of the administration and political bodies.

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