FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter today opened Mauritius Football Association (MFA)’s fourth Goal project – the installation of a football turf pitch in the MFA’s Trianon Technical Centre. At the same ceremony, the MFA’s headquarters were renamed the 'Sepp Blatter Football House' in honour of the FIFA President.
The ceremony was attended by Mauritius Minister of Youth and Sports The Honourable Satyaprakash Ritoo, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, CAF First Vice-President Suketu Patel, Mauritius National Olympic Committee President Philippe Hao Thyn Voon Ha Shun and MFA President Dinnanathlall Persunnoo.
"Today's a historical day for Mauritius football since we inaugurate this state-of-the-art facility built thanks to FIFA's Goal programme", Blatter said.
Through an overall Goal investment of nearly USD $2m, Mauritius’s technical centre has become a key facility for the approximately 80,000 footballers in the country.
Commenting on the renaming of MFA's Football House, the FIFA President added: "I feel proud because this is the acknowledgement of FIFA's and my work towards the development of football worldwide."
The FIFA President also participated in the award ceremony of the U-17 Cup, the final of which was played on the brand-new pitch and won 4-2 by ASPL 2000 against Savanne SC.
FIFA’s 63rd Congress will be held on the Indian Ocean island on 30 and 31 May. "I want to thank Mauritius, and in particular its public authorities, for their support in hosting our Congress. This week, Mauritius will be at the centre of the football world map," the FIFA President concluded.