FIFA president Infantino arrives in Dhaka

Sports Correspondent | Update:

FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the press conference of World Health Organisation and FIFA at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland on 4 October 2019. Reuters File PhotoFIFA president Gianni Infantino has arrived in Dhaka on a short visit as part of his visit to Asia. The aircraft carrying Infantino and his entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Thursday.

Infantino sai dhe was happy to be able to visit Bangladesh.

He will stay in Dhaka for 15 hours.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salauddin said, “This is a goodwill visit of the FIFA president, so there’s nothing to seek from him. But he has an idea about the state of Bangladesh football. So we are ready to discuss the matter if he wishes. But we’re not thinking about that.”

According to the schedule provided by the BFF, Infantino will talk to the media at Hotel Sonargaon from 2:20pm to 3:00pm. He will leave Bangladesh for Laos at 5:00pm.

FIFA deputy secretary general (Football) Mattias Grafstrom, Chief of Communications Onofre Costa, Director of Member Associations Asia and Oceania Sanjeevan C and Federico Ravinglione are accompanying Infantino in Bangladesh visit.

This is the fourth visit by any FIFA president to Bangladesh. Joao Havelange was the first FIFA president to visit Bangladesh in 1980 while Sepp Blatter visited Bangladesh twice, in 2006 and 2012.

Infantino was elected as FIFA president on 26 February 2016. He was reelected on 5 June this year.

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