The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune received, on Thursday in Algiers, the President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino and the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe.
The audience took place in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abderezzak Sebgag, the President of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF), Djahid Zefizef and the President of the Algerian Olympic and Sports Committee (COA), Abderrahmane Hammad .
“I would like to thank the President of the Republic for granting us this excellent audience where we reviewed issues related to football, youth and Africa. I am very happy to participate in the inauguration of this magnificent stadium, named after Nelson Mandela, a real football stadium of which Algeria, South Africa and Fifa are proud, “said Mr. Infantino at the outcome of the hearing granted by President Tebboune.
The President of Fifa also congratulated the President of the Republic for “the extraordinary work accomplished in recent months for the preparation of CHAN-2022, but also for giving a bright future to football”.
“Algeria is a football country and we all remember the 1982 World Cup in Spain where Algeria wrote an excellent page in the history of African and world football. We look forward to working together with the Algerian state and government as well as with the Algerian Federation for a bright future for football,” he added.
For his part, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, said he was “very honored” by the audience granted to him by President Tebboune.
“It is a very special day for us with the inauguration of this magnificent enclosure by the President of the Algerian Republic. I thank Mr. Tebboune for naming this stadium after Nelson Mandela, a leader for the world and for all the children of Africa. I wish all the success for the CHAN-2022 which will open tomorrow Friday”, declared Mr. Motsepe at the end of this hearing.
The President of the Republic had previously officially inaugurated the new Baraki stadium, which bears the name of the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela.