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FIFA president Gianni Infantino arrives in Egypt

Gianni Infantino

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Gianni Infantino has arrived in Cairo on Wednesday in his first visit to Egypt since replacing Sepp Blatter as the president of FIFA.

Infantino was elected as FIFA president in February of the current year after going head-to-head with Asian Football Federation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, receiving the majority of votes.

The president of football’s governing body was welcomed in Cairo airport by Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz, CAF president Issa Hayatou and Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida.

Infantino had a meeting with Abdel-Aziz and Abou Rida, but the main motive behind the 46-year-old Swiss-Italian’s visit to Egypt is to attend CAF’s general assembly meeting on Thursday.

The former UEFA General Secretary is also set to visit the EFA HQ on Thursday to congratulate the newly elected board.

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