Infantino listens to a journalist's questions during a news conference after the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, Mexico, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Henry ... Infantino listens to a journalist's questions during a news conference after the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City, Mexico, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Henry ...

I’m always happy when I`m in Egypt: Infantino

Sun, Jun. 23, 2019
CAIRO, 23 June 2019:Swiss President Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Football (FIFA), was delighted to be in Cairo for the opening ceremony of the African Nations Cup held on Friday evening.

"I'm always happy when I'm in Africa where I find passionate people of football, but I think this passion has a special taste in Cairo," he said.

"Egypt's civilization is inspiring to humanity and I am happy to be in Egypt, this wonderful stadium that has a special charm. Egypt has succeeded in delivering an extraordinary night to the continent and the world. After what I saw, I am confident that the Organizing Committee will be able to offer an exceptional tournament after witnessing a dazzling opening ceremony. "

With fireworks, pharaonic costumes and joyful song by Egyptian folk singer Hakim, Nigerian Femi kuti and Côte d'IvoirenDobetgnahore, the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) kicked off at Cairo International Stadium on Friday.

The ceremony witnessed breathtaking show that lasted for 17 minutes unlike opening ceremonies of other championships, which normally last between 12 and 15 minutes.

Attended the ceremony, the Swiss president of Confederation of the International Football Association "FIFA" Gianni Infantino, and partner of the event Ahmad Ahmad, President of the CAF, as well as Dr. Mostafa Madbouli, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Championship and Dr. Ashraf Subhi, Minister of Youth.
 
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