FIFA President inaugurates two football projects in Cairo
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter inaugurated two football projects today, Friday 16 October 2009, at the National Technical Centre of the Egyptian Football Association in Cairo. Later in the day, President Blatter will attend the 3rd/4th place match (Hungary-Costa Rica) and the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 between Brazil and Ghana at the Cairo International Stadium.

The two projects inaugurated were the second FIFA Goal project at the EFA headquarters (expansion and enhancing of the sports facilities at the National Technical Centre) and a new football turf pitch built as part of FIFA's Win in Africa with Africa initiative.

FIFA has so far supported 386 Goal projects around the world, each of them worth USD 400,000, mainly to build technical centres, football facilities and headquarters for its member associations. The continent with the most completed projects is Africa, with 114 so far.

The Win in Africa with Africa programme was unveiled in July 2006 and is focused on ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ will have a long-lasting effect on the entire African continent.

The programme's overall budget is USD 70 million and includes various initiatives in the areas of football development, health promotion and education, each designed to provide Africa with the tools to enhance its own development.

One of initiatives is the construction of football turf pitches in each of the African member associations (44 have already been completed, including the one in Cairo, and eight more are under construction).