FIFA President at African Union summit
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter together with President Of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou attended the 8th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa on 29 January (Ethiopia) at the invitation of Au President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali. The summit saw the launch of the International Year of African Football, which the AU declared in honor of CAF’s 50th anniversary this year.
In his speech before the assembled heads of state and government, the FIFA President focused on the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa TM and the “Win in Africa with Africa” initiative, describing the organization of the World Cup in Africa as a moral obligation to African football and the men and women of the African continent.
He then called on African governments and the international community to use football as a vehicle for cultural, social and medical development and reconciliation.
Hayatou thanked all those who had worked to promote African football over the past fifty years and had helped it to achieve the status it deserves.