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Feb 23, 2018 04:05 PM

FIFA to build stadiums in 9 regions of Tanzania

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

Cape Town: Tanzania is serious about developing the beautiful game of football in their country.

And so is FIFA, (the world football governing body).

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, pledged that Fifa will construct modern stadiums in nine regions in Tanzania.

According to an official report, Infantino made the promise after a meeting with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa in the east African country.

The Fifa chief, who was in the country for the federation's executive summit. Said having modern stadiums upcountry was one of the best way to turn around the country's football fortunes.

Infantino further noted that Tanzania already has a framework that can be worked upon for long term success.

He promised to establish a productive working relationship with the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF). And the partnership would be geared towards sustainable development.

Tanzania was the destination and attention of world football for two days during the Fifa executive summit. Which ended yesterday in Dar es Salaam.

The Fifa boss also showered praise on the government for its efforts to arrest corruption and embezzlement in football.

He also warned national football association officials who misuse funds they receive from Fifa for football development. Saying they will be doing so at their own peril.

"Fifa releases $1.2 million for each national association for football development, but some officials misuse the money," he charged.

Earlier, Prime Minister Majaliwa assured Infantino that Tanzania will team up with Fifa in promoting youth and women's soccer in the country.

Majaliwa added that the fifth phase government "would like to see Tanzania joining the best football playing nations in Africa and the world at large."

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