— Published 26 February 2021

Infantino goes around the candidates

Gianni Infantino kills two birds with one stone. On tour on the African continent since last week, the FIFA president is not only stepping up very diplomatic talks with the heads of state of the countries visited. He also crosses paths with the candidates for the presidency of the African Football Confederation (CAF), fully launched in the campaign for the succession of Malagasy, Ahmad Ahmad. In Rabat, Gianni Infantino had the opportunity to meet one of the applicants, the Ivorian Jacques Anouma, also visiting Morocco (photo above). “I am delighted to have discussed, with Jacques Anouma, his plans for the future of African football and how FIFA, the CAF, and member associations can work together, hand in hand, to take African football where it deserves, namely the highest level”, said the boss of FIFA. In the previous days, Gianni Infantino had spoken with three other candidates for the CAF presidency: the South African Patrice Motsepe, the Senegalese Augustin Senghor, and the Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya. With nine countries already visited, Gianni Infantino is coming to the end of his African tour. It still has to stop in Mali and Benin, before returning to Zurich. A visit to Côte d’Ivoire was scheduled, but it was postponed to a later date as the meeting with the head of state, Alassane Ouattara, could not be organised.