World’s soccer governing physique FIFA has introduced the appointment of Gelson Fernandes as Director Member Associations Africa.
The 35-year-old with Cabo Verdean roots is taking up the duty of overseeing FIFA’s companies to strengthen the event of the African member associations.
The former Swiss worldwide midfielder will perform his said duties by way of the FIFA Forward Programme that assists federations to proceed to develop.
He will take up the brand new function on 1 August 2022.
Fernandes grew up in Switzerland and developed his footballing abilities at FC Sion, the place he at present holds the place of vice-president.
“We are delighted to have Gelson joining the FIFA team,” mentioned FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
“Gelson had a fantastic career as a footballer, and the experience he gained will be important to carry out his tasks to the best of his ability. I have no doubt that Gelson will do some excellent work for us, and we welcome him to our team.”
During his profession, Fernandes performed for FC Sion, Manchester City, AS Saint-Étienne, Chievo Verona, Leicester City, Udinese, Sporting CP, SC Freiburg, Stade Rennes and Eintracht Frankfurt.
He additionally received 67 caps for Switzerland and scored twice, memorably scoring the one aim of the sport as Switzerland overcame eventual world champions Spain 1-0 on the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.
“It’s a big honour and I’m very proud to join FIFA,” mentioned Fernandes.
“I am an African and if you get an offer like this, you must do it because it is a way of giving something back to Africa as an African. I see it as my obligation to work for Africa and its football. This mission that I will start in August includes all aspects around my roots and this continent, showing my gratitude and support and giving my all for African football,” he mentioned.
The 35-year-old is trying ahead to his new process and is below no illusions concerning the work that lies forward of him. “Together with the member associations, we’ll search for options to continually enhance the state of affairs. Everybody needs to be concerned.
“This continent has incredible potential. I come from this continent; I am one of the many stories of this continent. Football can change the lives of so many people. Football can do so much; it has a lot of power. I will give everything with all my heart. It’s a great challenge and one that I am proud to accept.”