Infantino arrived in Uganda from Zimbabwe where he met leader Robert Mugabe on Friday a day after he attended a birthday party for the country’s football chief, an official said.Zimbabwe Football Association spokesman Xolisani Gwesela confirmed to AFP that Infantino had paid a courtesy call on Mugabe at State House, but gave no details.The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian jetted into Harare from Johannesburg on Thursday to attend the birthday party of Zimbabwe football chief Philip Chiyangwa.“It’s really a pleasure to be here, I feel at home, away from home,” Infantino, who was the guest of honour at the birthday, said in a speech in which he refered to Chiyangwa as “my dear friend and brother.“My presence here is to celebrate a man whose love for the beautiful game I do not doubt,” he said, adding he first met Chiyangwa on a bus in South Africa in the run up to the FIFA presidential election.There they discussed football, “our love for the game and desire to see it develop in Africa and across the world”.Gwesela said 12 football association presidents from across Africa, politicians and other high-profile personalities attended the party at a five-star hotel where Chiyangwa wore a light pink suit and pink shoes.The party was to jointly celebrate Chiyangwa’s 58th birthday and his election as COSAFA president.Chiyangwa, recently elected head of southern Africa football umbrella football body COSAFA, has come under fire over his birthday celebrations.CAF president Issa Hayatou has condemned the Zimbabwean for inviting to the party various non-COSAFA African officials.Chiyangwa is campaign manager for Ahmad Ahmad, a former Malagasy government minister who is challenging Hayatou on March 16 for the CAF presidency.Hayatou, who has ruled CAF for 29 years, reportedly believed the party was a front and the real purpose was to rally support for Ahmad.The Cameroonian, who is seeking an eighth four-year term as head of the Cairo-based organisation, has been challenged for the post only twice.CAF did not support Infantino in the 2016 FIFA elections, publicly backing Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa instead.Nigerian Football Association president Amaju Pinnick described Chiyangwa as “an astute leader and the future of African football”.Share on: WhatsApp Infantino (left) and Museveni. PHOTOS PPUFIFA chief Infantino in Uganda, meets MuseveniKampala, UGANDA | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino arrived in Uganda Friday evening and started his visit to the country with a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe.Infantino and Museveni discussed sports development in Uganda and the role soccer governing body FIFA can play to improve it.The FIFA president hailed Museveni, saying “the talent that you have in this country is incredible. Thanks for all you are doing to support our beautiful game here in wonderful Uganda.”Soon after arrival, he was met by Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president Moses Magogo and Uganda’s sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi.“Football needs such contacts for the sport to grow. Ugandan football will not be the same after his visit. It is a great moment in Ugandan football,” said FUFA president Moses Magogo ahead of the visit.He joins several world sports leaders who have visited Uganda. Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge visited Uganda in 2007, following on a visit in 1985 by Juan Antonio Samaranch.Infantino welcomed by FUFA’s Magogo. PHOTO AFP
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of YelmCity of Yelm Mayor JW Foster recently became one of just 300 municipal leaders in the state of Washington to have earned the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), since the program’s inception in 1997.To earn this award, Foster completed more than 60 hours of training through a variety of AWC-sponsored workshops, and demonstrated an additional 30 hours of community service.“Since joining the Yelm City Council in 2011, I’ve been taking advantage of the web-trainings, local seminars and conferences offered by the AWC to be the best leader I can be for our community,” Foster said. “As an elected leader, it is important to utilize the education and support offered by the AWC to continue to expand skills in budgeting, planning, and leadership.”The AWC’s Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership program provides elected municipal leaders with training to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and enrich community and staff relationships.Foster moved to Yelm with his wife Nicki in 1996 to raise their four children and spent many years coaching youth sports teams, volunteering for Yelm Community Schools, and working with local service organizations on a variety of projects. He was appointed to the planning commission before being elected to the Yelm City Council in 2011 and reelected in 2015. Foster was elected Mayor in 2017 after being appointed in 2016 to replace Mayor Ron Harding, who left to take work in Oregon.Foster currently serves on the Sports Medicine advisory committee and as Chair of the General Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education for Yelm Community Schools. JW and Nicki also volunteer for the Nisqually Land Trust, Rotary Club of Yelm, and Lions Club projects.“The path to Yelm’s best future starts with a strong foundation in our local schools and organizations,” Foster said. “It’s always been a strong family value of ours to work with our neighbors to make our community better for everyone”In addition to his local Mayoral duties and local involvement, Foster continues to engage at the regional level, serving as Vice-Chair of the Thurston Regional Planning Council, and engaging with other municipal leaders and military counterparts through the South Sound Military and Community Partnership.The AWC is a private, nonprofit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state Legislature, the state executive branch and with regulatory agencies. The AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services.