(ABOVE) CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb receives key to the city from the Deputy Mayor of Managua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- During his first official visit to the Federación Nicaragüense de Fútbol (FENIFUT), CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb expressed his pleasure with football’s increased participation and interest in the country.
On Saturday, the capital city of Managua welcomed Webb and the CONCACAF delegation, consisting of Vice President Captain Horace Burrell and General Secretary Enrique Sanz, with a cultural celebration at the Office of the Mayor.
“Nicaragua has much potential as a footballing nation, and I am pleased to see the steady progress of the National Association under the leadership of its newly elected President, Mr. Jose Jacinto Reyes. As they continue to progress with the development of football, it is reassuring that the Government of Nicaragua is in full support of their mission.”
FENIFUT President, Lic. Jose Jacinto Reyes Gatica said, “President Webb's presence in Nicaragua confirms CONCACAF and UNCAF's efforts to improve the level of football. We are grateful for his visit, which strengthens our management while encouraging us to give our best, sparing no efforts to develop and grow the level of the game in our country.”
After hosting a luncheon with club presidents and the FENIFUT, the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) held an Executive Committee meeting in Nicaragua for the first-ever time. Presidents of the seven countries that comprise regional body, along with the CONCACAF delegation, discussed the way forward for upcoming competitions, committees and administrative matters.
The visit concluded with a press conference that was well attended by members of the Nicaraguan press, followed by a presentation on behalf of the International Sports Press Association of America (AIPS) to the CONCACAF President, in which he was recognized for transforming CONCACAF into a more humanitarian, integrated and dynamic regional association.