Football’s world governing body has announced plans to raise $1bn dollars to build at least one stadium meeting FIFA standards in each African country.
Fifa president, Gianni Infantino during the 80th anniversary celebrations of DR Congo side TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi said, “We want to bring it (Africa) to the highest of heights and show the world the outstanding talent and amazingly gifted players your continent possesses,” he said.
“To do this, we want to implement a three pillar approach: refereeing, infrastructure and competitions, in close cooperation with CAF, all of its 54 member associations across Africa and other stakeholders.
“I am positive that we will make African football reach the top level where it should be because the quality and potential are definitely here.”
One of the plans is for Fifa to create a professional and elite group of African referees who will be independent of administration and political bodies.
The world class facility would be funded from FIFA’s fresh $1bn Billion investment in Africa.
It would be a FIFA maintained stadium to prevent neglect.