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Infantino to arrive Wednesday night

  • Published at 09:35 pm October 15th, 2019
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Gianni Infantino AFP

Gianni Infantino, scheduled to set foot in the capital from Mongolia at 1:50am, will stay in Dhaka for merely 15 hours, which would mark the first visit by a Fifa boss in seven years

The inner and outer walls of BFF House have been painted with new colors, the grasses of the premises cut to form a new shape and the temporary stalls outside the boundary have been sided off to welcome Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who is due to arrive in Bangladesh Wednesday night.

Infantino, scheduled to set foot in the capital from Mongolia at 1:50am, will stay in Dhaka for merely 15 hours, which would mark the first visit by a Fifa boss in seven years.

Previously, former Fifa supremo Sepp Blatter graced the country in March, 2012.  

Infantino’s first outing of the day includes paying a courtesy call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the PM’s Office Thursday morning at 10:30am, before visiting the BFF House two hours later.

He will then attend a press conference at Hotel Sonargaon in the afternoon before leaving for Laos at 5pm.

The 49-year old Swiss-Italian will be accompanied by Fifa deputy secretary general Matthias Grafstrom, chief of communications Onofre Costa, director of members associations of Asia and Oceania Sanjeevan Balasingam and the Fifa supremo’s office manager Federico Ravinglione and their visit has been titled Asia’s Goodwill Tour.

This will be the fourth occasion of a Fifa boss visiting Bangladesh after Joao Havelange (1980-81) and Blatter (2006 and 2012).