FIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for the creation of an "African league" and has called for a billion stadium investment on the continent to "bring African football to the top of the world".
"I want to bring African football to the top of the world". In Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gianni Infantino on Friday outlined two major ideas to support the development of football in Africa: the creation of a championship gathering the best clubs on the continent, but also a massive investment to build and improve stages.
"You have to take the top 20 clubs in Africa and have them play in an African league, and that league can generate at least $ 200 million in revenue, putting it in the top 10 globally overnight," he said. Italian-Swiss leader, present in Lubumbashi for the 80th anniversary of Almighty Mazembe, one of the biggest clubs in Africa. The challenge is to stop the departure of African players to other championships around the world, according to him.
"One Billion" for stadiums
As for stadiums, Gianni Infantino appealed to investors "to raise a billion so that we can equip each African country with a real football stadium to Fifa standards, international standards."
Expected Friday in Brazzaville to continue this African tour after making a stop in Mozambique, the boss of world football also said he wants to "professionalize" and "depoliticize" arbitration in Africa: "We will take the best African referees, we will the salariers ".