FIFA to discuss future of Africa’s football development in Marrakech
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The future of football development in Africa will be at stake during the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco as the Presidents, Secretary Generals and Technical Directors from 27 African Member Associations - Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Comoros, Congo, Congo DR, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Chad, Togo and Tunisia – gather from Thursday 19 December, until 21 December in Marrakech for a FIFA Development Seminar.

“Through the 2010 FIFA World Cup we have been able to expand the scope of our development activities in Africa thanks to additional initiatives like Win in Africa. Such programmes have made a positive impact in a variety of areas including infrastructure, education and technical development. Overall we can say that Africa is still profiting from the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” says FIFA Director Member Associations and Development Thierry Regenass.

“The meeting in Marrakech will give us an excellent opportunity to analyse the upcoming priorities in light of FIFA’s new development regulations.”

The event in Marrakech is part of a general consultation process launched by FIFA in September 2013 with the aim of continuing dialogue with member associations on football governance reforms and future important challenges in the area of football development. A second FIFA Development Seminar for African member associations is scheduled for February 2014 in South Africa. A total of 11 meetings are set to take place until May 2014 in all confederations.

Since 1999, an investment of USD 476 million has been made by FIFA in Africa most notably through the Financial Assistance Programme (USD 228 million), Goal (USD 78 million) and Win in Africa with Africa (USD 70 million).

Morocco itself has become a very positive example of football development with four FIFA Goal projects enabling the establishment and modernisation of a technical centre in Rabat.