national association has decided, of its own accord, to invest all of its funding from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme in the construction of a new technical centre, replete with new headquarters for the association. In 2002, the Goal Bureau approved a request for the Goal Programme to cover the costs of furnishing the interior of the new building. On 2 February 2003, the President of the Asian Football Confederation and the Chairman of the Goal Bureau opened the new centre. The government provided the land for the building. The complex has been built in an architectural style never before seen in Guinea-Bissau
, and is undoubtedly one of the most striking buildings in the country. The centre's main objective is to promote youth football, with the long-term goal of helping Guinea-Bissau
to make an impression upon international football. A number of programmes will boost women's football and give it a higher profile. A long-term development plan should ensure that each and every area is restructured, with development work also sustained. With the help of FIFA's organisational skills, the very first step was taken when Marcos Falopa, the Technical Director of the South African FA and a FIFA Instructor, recently held a course for coaches.