The President, Federation Internationale de Football Association, Gianni Infantino, has commended the Fédération Béninoise de Football for its investment in the round leather game.
He made this recommendation during a meeting in Contonou, which had in attendance the President of Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Oswald Homesky; President of FEBEFOOT, Mathurin de Chacus; and the FIFA President.
Infantino said, “The football passion here in Benin is incredible and the love for our game is heartwarming and inspirational. I want to commend President Talon for the investment his government has made for football, and the good work carried on by FEBEFOOT in nurturing football talent to improve skills and develop the game throughout this great nation.
“We need countries who can be models for others, both in the region and in the world, and Benin can very well be one of those models. We look forward to working even more closely with the government and FEBEFOOT to elevate football in Benin to the highest levels.”
Responding, FEBEFOOT President, Mathurin de Chacus, thanked the FIFA President for the visit.
“We thank FIFA and Infantino for returning to Benin, as it was here, two years ago, that the signature of the first-ever memorandum of understanding on FIFA’s Football for Schools initiative took place.
“Since Infantino was elected as FIFA President, he has shown a strong commitment in supporting African football with several initiatives. I commend the FIFA President for all he has done in the past five years to support football in Benin, Africa, and worldwide.”
Benin government reiterated its commitment to develop various projects as a result of funding from FIFA’s Forward programme, including a Football Centre of Excellence in N’Dali, a city located in the northern part of the country.
Among other projects, Benin and FIFA continue to work together on FIFA’s Football for Schools initiative, which promotes safe and healthy lifestyles for young people and teaches them life skills through football, and the pan-African football tournament for schools was also discussed.