FIFA officials in Ethiopia Credit: EFF
[/media-credit] FIFA officials in Ethiopia Credit: EFF

Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) officials visited Ethiopia on Thursday on a guided tour of proposed buildings that will house the regional office in Addis Ababa City.

The group was led by the FIFA Project Coordinator for Africa and the Caribbean Regions Géraldine Heinen.

They assessed potential buildings proposed for the FIFA regional office in Ethiopia.

The office will support football development in the region and constitute football development, project management, finance and law officers.

Ethiopia Football Association president Juneidi Basha accompanied the FIFA officials.

The office will serve as the coordination office for the East Africa region.

For starters, Ethiopia is among the very first members of Confederation of African Football (CAF), an affiliate of FIFA.

There are 211 FIFA Member nations in the world.

Each member association reports to a continental body which in turn reports to the mother body, FIFA.

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has 54 member states.

FIFA has regional offices in South Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and North Africa

About FIFA:

With 211 associations affiliated to FIFA today, world football’s governing body has rightly been dubbed the “United Nations of Football.

FIFA supports the associations financially and logistically through various programmes.

But they also have obligations. As representatives of FIFA in their countries, they must respect the statutes, aims and ideals of football’s governing body and promote and manage our sport accordingly.

The associations make up the varying Confederations, which offer expert help to FIFA in tasks such as the organisation of tournaments.

The AFC in Asia, CAF in Africa, the Football Confederation (CONCACAF) in North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONMEBOL in South America, UEFA in Europe and the OFC in Oceania all provide support to FIFA without encroaching on the rights of the national associations.

In fact, the Confederations actually raise the profile of football further, by staging their own competitions at club and international level and through a range of other activities

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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