Valcke to Address African Officials

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (Getty Images)

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will address a number of presidents and high-ranking officials from the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) this week.

The engagement in Johannesburg comes as part of a three-day FIFA workshop. Areas to be addressed include technical matters and cooperations between the CAF and FIFA.

This is the second of 11 planned development seminars between last September and this coming May. The first was held in Marrakesh, Morocco.

At least 27 member associations will be represented at the CAF meeting, which opens on Wednesday.

Japan Ready for 2022 World Cup If Needed

The head of the Japan Football Association says his country is ready to host the 2022 World Cup if the event is taken away from Qatar.

Qatar’s status as World Cup host has come under fire due to conditions that have led to hundreds of migrant worker death, as well as the country’s intense summer heat.

“If FIFA looks for an alternative country, we already have the stadiums that would meet the criteria to host it,” said JFA president Kuniya Daini.

However, FIFA seems unlikely to move the tournament, though the body’s ethics committee has launched an investigation into the process that awarded the tournament to Qatar.

“We have the Olympics in 2020,” said Daini in an interview, according to AFP. “If there is a chance, we’d like to do it, although I don’t know how likely that would be.”

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

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