Worldwide football community unites through congress
Sunday, September 20, 2020
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged football authorities to play significant hands in shaping the future of the sport that is free from corruption, racial discrimination and toxic values.
Speaking at the opening of the 70th FIFA Congress, the president urged all the 211 FIFA Member Associations (MAs) including Brunei Darussalam to purge all forms of discrimination, corruption, match-fixing as well as child abuse.
In addition, he also called for more cooperation amongst the 211 FIFA MAs, particularly in ensuring the future of football remain bright and secure.
Besides reiterating FIFA's mission to make football a truly global sport by 2023 through a more equitable and balanced competition, transparent governance and education, Infantino also touched on how Covid-19 has impacted football worldwide.
“A small tiny virus has shown (not only) how fragile we are, but also how interconnected and how global the world has become – because the world stood still, so as the world of football.”
“This virus has shown us as well that health is the most important thing we have. Health comes first even before football.”
Addressing participants of the congress, Infantino expressed his gratitude over the unity and solidarity shown by the MAs, which he said was exactly to move forward in such a difficult time.
“The 211 responses we received is a testimony of that; your feedback, your participation today is a testimony of that.”
“Although we are divided geographically, we remain united in our purpose to ensure that life goes on, and football goes on,”.
Echoing the same was the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam’s (NFABD’s) President Pg Matusin Matasan, who added that the worldwide ordeal has also given the association ample time to plan for a restructure, so Brunei could perform its football better.
“It was unfortunate that the outbreak has to happen within the first year of my tenure as the President, but there is always a silver lining in the sky.
“Similar to FIFA, we want to make sure Brunei Darussalam’s football to remain clean and healthy, with an addition that it is also easily in-tune with current developments and inducive to growth and improvements.”
“NFABD is currently considering a rebranding – to give it a stronger and more vibrant purpose in serving Brunei Darussalam’s football. InsyaAllah, we will be making significant changes for the sultanate soon,” the President said.
The 70th FIFA Congress was the first to be held virtually since its inception in 1904.
Also accompanying the president during the congress was the NFABD General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon Haji Mohd. Salleh and Deputy General Secretary Siti Zuraina Abdullah.