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FIFA boss Infantino to visit Zambia next week

By MICHAEL MIYOBA

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has confirmed that FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be visiting Zambia from June 12th to the 13th. 

FAZ General Secretary Rueben Kamanga said Infantino’s two days visit is a huge milestone for Zambia as it comes at a time when football development especially women’s football is on the rise.

“You may wish to know that Zambia was last honored with such a visit from a FIFA president over 22 years ago. We therefore do not take such a visit for granted because there are so many countries across the world which have never had such a privilege,” Kamanga said.

Kamanga noted that during his visit, the FIFA president will have the opportunity to interact with Football Association of Zambia stakeholders and the details of that interaction will be shared in due course. 

“On this visit the FIFA president will have an opportunity to interact with senior government officials to discus various areas of partnerships. He will also take time to inspect some FIFA funded infrastructure projects within Lusaka. 

“As you are aware FIFA has been a major sponsor for a number of infrastructure projects undertaken by FAZ around the country all aimed at improving football development in the country,” he said.

Kamanga said Infantino will also take time to interact with families of the Gabon Air Disaster during a commemoration ceremony to be held at the Heroes Acre.

“The FIFA president will be part of the commemoration ceremony which has been scheduled to take place at the memorial site next to Heroes and Independence Stadium. He will also participate in an exhibition match that we have planned for Heroes Stadium for the Under-15 women’s teams which is currently camped in Lusaka. This will be held on the 13 at Heroes Stadium,” Kamanga said.

“The FIFA president has got passion and interest in the development of women’s soccer and we thought that this will provide great opportunity for us to showcase the massive talents we have as a country when it comes to women’s soccer,” he said.

Kamanga said the FIFA boss will end his two day visit to Zambia with an interaction with the media.

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