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FIFA’S EYE FOR GOAL

It follows the approval of the Goal Bureau during its meeting in Zurich chaired by Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar) on February 17. Second projects in Ghana, Mali, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Fiji, Tonga, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Lithuania also got the go-ahead.

It brings the total number of FIFA members to benefit from the Goal programme to 172, while the number of projects completed, approved or in the planning stage has reached 207.

The brainchild of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the projects are designed to meet the needs and priorities of individual associations.

They have included the building and refurbishment of association headquarters to safeguard the independence of football administrations, the construction of technical centres and the provision of all-weather artificial pitches.