NEW: FIFA president to visit Cayman on Friday

The regional and global heads of the international game of football will be in Cayman Friday.

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, and Victor Montagliani, the president of CONCACAF, will lead a delegation to visit Cayman and conduct a progress report on the Cayman Islands Football Association. Alfredo Whittaker, the head of CIFA, said the delegation will meet with Premier Alden McLaughlin and MLA David Wight before holding a 10am press conference at the Government Administration Building.

“They’re just coming to have a review of what we’ve done in the past year in changing CIFA and upgrading the national teams and tournaments,” said Whittaker. “We’ve been doing so much to increase participation of national teams of Cayman in the international arena. It’s remarkable.”

Whittaker told the Cayman Compass in March that FIFA was satisfied with the findings of an audit into CIFA’s finances and that the international body could resume funding CIFA in 2019.

That funding could be worth as much as $5 million this year, said Whittaker in March.

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The international delegation will only be in Cayman for a matter of hours. Whittaker said Wednesday they will arrive in the morning and will be on a plane off island in the early afternoon.

“We’re ready to go back to full funding,” he said Wednesday. “They have all of the outstanding items. They’re coming for a final view, and it will be an honour to have the president here.”

The delegation will not stay for the conclusion of the Caribbean Football Union’s Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series at Truman Bodden Sports Complex, but Whittaker said there will be a special guest. Governor Martyn Roper is expected to attend Cayman’s game against St. Lucia on Friday.

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