Rwandan capital Kigali to host elective FIFA Congress in march 2023

The 73rd edition of the FIFA Congress, where a Presidential election is due to take place, has been scheduled for Kigali in Rwanda on March 16 next year.

Rwanda becomes the 4th African country to host the congress after Morocco, South Africa and Mauritius.

An election timeline was approved by the FIFA Council at its meeting in March in Doha, where current President Gianni Infantino announced he would stand for re-election.

Gianni Infantino after being elected as FIFA President

Infantino, who is an International Olympic Committee member, was first elected as FIFA President in February 2016 in the wake of the corruption scandal which brought down predecessor Sepp Blatter.

The Swiss-Italian then won a second term when he stood unopposed for re-election at the Congress in Paris in 2019.

Infantino has enjoyed particularly strong support from Africa during his Presidency, 

South African Patrice Motsepe was elected unopposed as the new CAF President at a General Assembly in Morocco, Rabat last year.

Motsepe’s election followed Presidential candidates Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania, Ivorian Jacques Anouma and Senegal’s Augustin Senghor dropping out of the race – each after meeting with Infantino.

the call for which was approved by the FIFA Council during its meeting on 30 March 2022.

Kigali already hosted a meeting of the FIFA Council in October 2018.

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