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Valcke arrives in Dar on Thursday

FIFA have organised a three-day empowering seminar that kicks off on Thursday in the city, bringing together all the FA’s chairmen, general secretaries, and communications officers from the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) member associations.

Twelve CECAFA members that will be represented at the seminar include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and hosts Tanzania.

Upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam, Valcke, who will be accompanied by other seven officials of the Zurich-based FIFA, will hold a press conference at Double Tree Hotel.

It will be the first time for the French football manager and current Secretary General of the international football federation to visit Tanzania.

CECAFA Chairman, Leodegar Tenga, believes Valcke’s first visit to Tanzania will help inspire football development in the country and across the region.

The seminar is part of a series of development events initiated by FIFA, with the objective of engaging its member associations in a landmark consultation process.

Tenga said Valcke’s presence in Tanzania will draw the attention of the international media and that will help promote the country’s football to the outside world.

Earlier this month, Valcke visited South Africa when he underscored FIFA’s support of African football and expressed a desire for an African team to reach the World Cup final.

Addressing a three-day seminar in Johannesburg, which was attended by TFF top leaders as well as other dignitaries from 26 member associations from across the continent, Valcke reiterated FIFA’s commitment to developing the sport across the globe.

“To those who doubt or criticise us, I can say that FIFA is doing a lot, and is doing very well,” he said. “We have a stronger organisation, football is strong, and football is strong.

All the commitments we are going to make for you, in terms of development support, we can guarantee them until 2022.

“To those who say we are not about football, I can say that we, at FIFA, are breathing football every day – we work to develop football all day long. I am proud of what we do around the world for the greater good of football.”

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