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New FIFA President makes his first Visit to Africa’s New South Sudan to Promote ‘New Era of Football’

New FIFA President Gianni Infantino chose South Sudan for his first stop in Africa, saying he wanted to "kick off a new era of football" and raise standards in the sport otherwise known as soccer.


Infantino, elected three weeks ago as head of the international football governing body, told reporters in Juba on Wednesday that his office would work with South Sudanese football authorities to lift up standards. While in the republic’s capital, he attended a match between South Sudan and Benin, which ended in Benin’s favor, 2 to 1.

The FIFA boss said that he’d met South Sudan President Salva Kiir and that the two discussed football’s status in the struggling country.

Infantino said he also came to Juba to open the newly constructed office of the South Sudan Football Association and to acquaint himself with FIFA projects in the country.

"I came back here of course as FIFA president to watch football, but also to kick off a new era of football, a new era of developing football, which is our mission," he said.

The 45-year-old lawyer and career sports administrator first visited South Sudan early last month while campaigning to become FIFA’s leader.

Setting goals.

Infantino vowed to improve football standards across Africa and in South Sudan in particular.

"South Sudan is one of my priorities," he said. "We will look at the infrastructure we have discussed with the government and the football association and soon we will come up with something concrete that people of South Sudan will be proud of."

By Robert Muriisa.

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