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A delegation from FIFA, CAF and UEFA undertook a four-day visit to Ghana as part of the Africa Cup of Nations that was staged between 20 January and 10 February. Headed by Presidents Joseph S. Blatter, Issa Hayatou and Michel Platini, the delegation was received with welcoming arms by Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor on 17 January. The opening ceremony for the 30th CAF General Assembly, held at the International Convention Centre in Accra one day later, was a colourful event interspersed with local music and dance. During the course of the evening, President Blatter was awarded the medal of honour by the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa for his contribution to the development of football on the continent. Blatter promised to develop African football even further, mentioning two major projects of FIFA, namely Win in Africa with Africa and support for the domestic leagues, designed to ensure that the entire continent would benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Blatter and Hayatou then visited Kumasi (240km northwest of Accra), where they were received by Mayor Patricia Apiagyei and were able to see the new Baba Yara Stadium, an impressive venue with a capacity of 40,500 that was built with FIFA’s help along with three other stadiums especially for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The next item on the agenda was the inauguration of two Goal projects and a football turf pitch.