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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 November 2007, 12:28 GMT
Fifa to invest US$70m in Africa
Jerome Champagne
Champagne has announced major investment in African football
World football's governing body Fifa has announced it will spend US$70m on projects to improve African football.

The investment will work in tandem with the hosting of the 2010 World Cup to enhance the game on the continent.

The installation of artificial pitches, professional leagues and the training of coaches form part of the 'Win with Africa in Africa' initiative.

"This World Cup should leave a legacy through out the African continent," said Fifa's Jerome Champagne.

"We aim to create better facilities, increase management skills and access to football," he added.

An artificial pitch is to be installed in all but one of Africa's 53 member countries, the only exception being World Cup hosts South Africa.

A total of 21 have already been completed, most of them in national stadiums.

The project also supports the development of national leagues, with training and equipment.

Champagne said similar projects had been launched for India, Oceania and the Caribbean.



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