FIFA President’s visit to Vanuatu

FIFA President’s visit to Vanuatu

<div>FIFA President's visit to Vanuatu</div>

<div>FIFA President's visit to Vanuatu</div>

Gianni Infantino has visited Vanuatu and discussed the country’s football development with senior officials, including Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau and FIFA (www.FIFA.com) Vice-President and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) President Lambert Maltock. The FIFA President highlighted the need for further collaboration between FIFA, OFC, VFF and the Ni-Vanuatu government to secure more land for new football facilities both within and outside the capital Port Vila.

Mr Infantino led a ceremony at a pitch named in honour of the late Ni-Vanuatu former OFC Vice-President Johnny Tinsly Lulu as the country, ranked 165th in the FIFA FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s Ranking and 122nd in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s Ranking, seeks to develop its standing in the global game. To this end, Vanuatu has also applied to be part of FIFA’s Talent Development Scheme led by FIFA Chief of Global Development Arsène Wenger, which will bring FIFA coaching expertise to the region.

The FIFA President then unveiled the ‘King Pelé Football Field’, to make the Pacific Island nation the first in the region to follow up on his suggestion to honour the late Brazilian legend, who passed away on 29 December 2022.

To cap a busy day, Ni-Vanuatu legends of the national side – that finished second in the 1998 Melanesian Cup and defeated New Zealand 4-2 in the 2004 OFC Nations Cup – then joined the FIFA President and the FIFA Legends on the pitch at the Freshwater Stadium, the home of Vanuatu’s national sides which was constructed with the help of USD 4.15 million in FIFA Forward funding, and is the bedrock on which the VFF hopes to build to raise standards across the country.

This video submission contains a quote from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and b-roll of the visit, including FIFA Legends in Vanuatu and the unveiling of the King Pelé Football Field.

Access the B-roll and dope sheet: https://apo-opa.info/458dij0

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