Thursday 08 September 2022, 22:00

FIFA President meets counterpart from Turkmenistan

  • Gianni Infantino hosted President Arslan Aynazarov, who led a three-person delegation for talks

  • Presidents Infantino and Aynazarov discussed a wide range of football development matters

  • The meeting took place in Doha, Qatar

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has met with the President of the Football Federation of Turkmenistan (TFF), and held constructive talks across a wide scope of local and regional football development topics. Mr Infantino welcomed President Arslan Aynazarov – who led a three-person delegation including Vice President Shatlyk Orazgylyjov – for the meeting in Doha, Qatar.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Football Federation of Turkmenistan Meeting

As well as discussing the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which begins on 20 November 2022 when Qatar play Ecuador in Al Khor, the delegation also discussed football development matters in Turkmenistan, football’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and how best FIFA could continue to offer its support, locally and regionally.

Speaking after the meeting, President Aynazarov said: “This was my first meeting with Mr. Infantino after being elected as the president. I’m happy. We were very pleased with how he received us and with the fact that he was aware of all our issues.”

President Aynazarov continued: “It is important for us that FIFA has always supported us. Football will not develop in Turkmenistan without their support. Thank you to FIFA that they have always supported us.” President Aynazarov has led the TFF since his election in January 2021. Before being unanimously elected as President, he served as General Secretary from September 2018. In 2019 he was also elected as Vice President of the Central Asian Football Association.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Football Federation of Turkmenistan President meet in Doha