FIFA president Gianni Infantino is set to make a ‘historic’ visit to the Cook Islands this Friday.
The Cook Islands Football community is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the head of world football’s governing body.
This visit marks a historic moment, as it will be the first time a FIFA president has touched down on Cook Islands soil.
In a statement, Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) said it hopes that this visit will not be the last and anticipates strengthened ties with FIFA as a result.
“As the FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place in New Zealand and Australia, President Infantino has seized the opportunity to visit all Member Associations of Football across the Oceania region. His stop in the Cook Islands is part of a broader tour to establish connections and further develop football in these remote areas,” CIFA said.
“The timing of this visit could not be better for Cook Islands Football, as there is plenty of activity happening within the local football community. The presence of the FIFA President will serve to showcase how far football has developed within the Cook Islands and inspire continued growth.”
President Infantino, along with his delegation, is scheduled to arrive at 9am on Friday. During his brief three-hour stay in the Cook Islands, Infantino will meet with government officials before heading to CIFA Headquarters to engage with members of the Cook Islands Football Community.
“This event provides an excellent opportunity for local officials and football enthusiasts to discuss their goals, challenges, and successes directly with the head of world football’s governing body.”
Following his Cook Islands visit, Infantino will continue his tour of Oceania by travelling with his delegation to American Samoa, departing around 12pm.
CIFA said: “The impact of this groundbreaking visit is sure to resonate within the Cook Islands football community for years to come. It signifies global recognition of passion and commitment to growing the football in the Cook Islands.”
SOURCE: COOK ISLANDS NEWS/PACNEWS