President James Michel, the Patron of the Seychelles Football Federation, welcomed delegates to the opening of the 8th Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the Ephelia Resort, Port Launay on Monday morning.
The opening was attended by Vice-President Danny Faure, the President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), Mr Sepp Blatter, the President of the CAF, Mr Issa Hayatou, CAF Vice-President, Mr Suketu Patel, Seychelles Football Federation Chairman, Mr Joel Decommarmond, as well as Ministers and conference delegates.
The President welcomed the delegates to Seychelles and spoke of the important contributions that football can bring to the development of young people across the African continent. The President also spoke of the progress Seychelles has made in football competitions in the region.
During his address, the President of FIFA, Mr. Sepp Blatter commended the choice of Seychelles as the venue for the CAF meeting, calling the islands ‘a paradise where hospitality is remarkable.’ Mr. Blatter also noted that Seychelles exemplifies the diversity of the world of football where both large and small countries participate in sporting matches of the global arena.