FIFA announce plans to build at least one stadium in each African country
FIFA announce plans to build at least one stadium in each African country
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FIFA announce plans to build at least one stadium in each African country

Football's world governing body (FIFA) has announced plans to raise $1bn dollars to build at least one stadium meeting their standards in each African country.

Speaking in Lubumbashi during the 80th-anniversary celebrations of DR Congo side TP Mazembe, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said:  "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.

"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 definitely here."

Apart from the stadium's plan, FIFA said that another of their plans was to create a professional and elite group of African referees who will be independent of the administration and political bodies.

On infrastructure, Infantino said Fifa would mobilize companies and entrepreneurs to raise around $1bn with the objective of building at least one stadium that complies with Fifa's standards in each African country.

Infantino is touring along with his general-secretary-turned-African-delegate Fatma Samoura, Caf president Ahmad Ahmad and African legend Samuel Eto'o among other people.

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