The world soccer governing body, FIFA, will soon provide Mali with three artificial turf soccer pitches, PANA learnt Monday from a FIFA delegation visiting Bamako. Those facilities will be installed in three cities, including Timbuktu and Gao, in Northern Mali.
The delegation, led by Francesco Bruscoli, head of FIFA development programmes for Africa, was received Monday by the Malian Minister of Youth and Sports, Mamadou Diarra Gaoussou.
The delegation stayed in Bamako as part of the FIFA performance programme and is expected to take a look at Mali’s new soccer development programme to be submitted by the Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT).
The experts are charged with helping Malian soccer officials better formulate their needs and will, for this purpose, strengthen their capacity to provide FEMAFOOT and regional leagues with a more efficient administration.
The Financial Assistance Fund, the Goal Programme and the Performance Programme, are the three FIFA initiatives aimed at supporting FIFA member countries, particularly in Africa.
The performance programme is primarily aimed at providing solutions and services to member associations to help them improve the way they manage soccer.