FIFA president Gianni Infantino
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018. 12:30
Tanzania will host a FIFA delegation this week and the country’s minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Harrison Mwakyembe has confirmed.
Mwakyembe said the government will extend an invitation to FIFA president Gianni Infantino for an official visit of the country.
Infantino is due to arrive in the country this week, ready for the FIFA Executive Summit (FES) at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre on Thursday, but that will not be his official visit of the country.
Mwakyembe said the government will officially invite him together with the CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad and have first-hand experience on the efforts the country was taking to develop football.
"They (FIFA) have only selected Tanzania to host their summit... it was not out of our invitation, this is why we feel it will be good to officially visit the country sometimes later," he said.
Moreover, the minister added that all was set to welcome FIFA delegates for the summit, with some expected to start arriving in the country on Tuesday.
"We expect Infantino (Gianni) to jet in the country in the early hour of Thursday. I will personally pick him at the Kilimanjaro Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dar es Salaam, and proceed to the State House, where he will meet President John Magufuli," adds Mwakyembe.
Tanzania has been selected as a Member Association to host one of the 12 FIFA EFS meetings, which began in November 2017 and will stretch up to March this year.
Apart from Infantino and Ahmad, the summit will also draw presidents and general secretaries of 21 FIFA member associations.