FIFA President Gianni Infantino visits the South African Football Association headquarters, opening an unprecedented summit with African football leaders
SHOWS: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (FEBRUARY 21, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. EXTERIOR OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (SAFA) HEADQUARTERS 2. FLAGS OUTSIDE BUILDING 3. FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO, ARRIVING AT THE HEADQUARTERS ACCOMPANIED BY SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CEO DENNIS MUMBLE, AND SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, DANNY JORDAAN 4. INFANTINO AND JORDAAN WALKING IN CORRIDOR 5. INFANTINO LOOKING AT THE MADIBA WALL OF REMEMBRANCE 6. INFANTINO STANDING ALONGSIDE JORDAAN AND MUMBLE 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO, SAYING: "I wanted to pop by here with President Danny Jordaan, to visit the SAFA headquarters which are really beautiful, outstanding; I think an example for not only South Africa or the region or Africa but for the whole world, a legacy of what can be done, of facilities that can help to work. This together with the technical centre, which is in advanced projected phase or even more than that, will only bring South African football and football in the region to a different level. So I'm very happy, very grateful and I can only commend and congratulate SAFA for all of this, it's impressive." 8. INFANTINO AND JORDAAN WATCHING A DOCUMENTARY 9. INFANTINO AND JORDAAN WALKING TO AN ELEVATOR STORY: FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Tuesday (February 21), kicking off an unprecedented summit in Johannesburg. Each of Africa's 54 member countries have been invited to the executive summit with Infantino, called to discuss general issues in the game and explain FIFA's plans to expand the World Cup and changes to its development structures. The proceedings began with a private briefing held at the SAFA offices where Infantino attended a formal meet and greet with SAFA President Danny Jordaan. "I wanted to pop by here with President Danny Jordaan, to visit the SAFA headquarters which are really beautiful and outstanding; I think an example for not only South Africa or the region or Africa but really for the whole world, a legacy of what can be done of facilities that can help to work," Infantino told reporters. It is the first time such a meeting has been held at which FIFA deals directly with all the leaders of African football. Usually the only time all association presidents get together is for annual FIFA and CAF Congresses. The meetings, which are being held behind closed doors, will be followed by a trip by Infantino to Harare on Thursday (February 23) to join birthday celebrations for the Zimbabwe Football Association President Philip Chiyangwa.