Jean-Guy Blaise Mayolas expresses gratitude to Gianni Infantino for FIFA’s (www.FIFA.com) support; FIFA Forward Programme funds a new technical centre in Congo; FECOFOOT President meets with FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer in Paris.
Jean-Guy Blaise Mayolas, President of the Congolese Football Association (FECOFOOT), commended FIFA President Gianni Infantino, adding that FIFA’s relationship with African member associations was a “win-win” situation.
FECOFOOT has previously completed numerous initiatives with the help of the FIFA Forward Programme, including a new headquarters, and Mr Mayolas stated that the most recent involves the construction of a technical centre with two artificial pitches and player accommodation.
“I would like, on behalf of my area and the Congolese Football Association, to thank President Infantino for taking those initiatives, especially for those from French-speaking Africa,” said the FECOFOOT President who met FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer Kenny-Jean Marie in Paris.
FIFA Forward, which was approved by the FIFA Congress in May 2016, is intended to provide 360-degree, tailored assistance for football development in each of the 211 member associations and is founded on the concepts of more investment, greater effect, and greater monitoring. The goal is to increase FIFA’s development and support of football across the world so that football may realise its full potential in every nation and everyone who wants to participate can do so without barriers.
“On a daily basis, we are working with FIFA on the Forward [Programme], that helps associations to develop,” said Mr Mayolas. “You know that FIFA provides the means for football development. I think it is a win-win partnership.”
He went on to say that the Forward initiative might assist African teams compete against teams from other continents.
“There are continents which are more advanced, in terms of football, than us,” he said. “I think that the Forward project is here, especially for African federations like ours, to try to improve, aim higher and attain that through efforts to move forward and conquer world football.”
“I think that all of the African countries stand with the FIFA President to support FIFA’s initiative.”