FIFA legends Juan Pablo Angel and Aimar to join Infantino on Visit to T&T

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will be joined by two FIFA legends during his one-day visit to this country on Monday.

Former Argentina international Pablo Caesar Aimar and former Colombia national team forward Juan Pablo Angel Arango will arrive in the country on Monday and will appear in the goodwill football match at the Ato Boldon Stadium between a TTFA/FIFA team and a Government/Sportt outfit.

Ángel Arango scored 44 goals in 175 appearances for Aston Villa, also appearing for Colombian club Atletico Nacional,River Plate and LA Galaxy among other teams. He made 33 appearances for Colombia between 1995-2005.

Aimar made 52 appearances for Argentina between 1999 and 2009, also appearing for Argentina’s National Under 17 and Under 20 teams. He played for River Plate, Valencia, Zaragoza and Benfica. He represented Argentina at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and two Copa América tournaments, as well as a FIFA Confederations Cup. He reached the final of the 2005 Confederations Cup and the 2007 Copa América with the Argentine national side. Aimer was also a member of the Argentina team the won the 1997 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Malaysia.

Pablo Aimar sits with Argentine great Diego Maradona during a visit to Suwon for the Official Draw for the 2017 FIFA Under 20 Men’s World Cup in Korea Republic last month. Both men won the tournament while playing for Argentina in different eras.

Both Angel and Aimar will take part in the 30-minute football match following a Press Conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Monday afternoon. FIFA President Infantino will also partake in the match which will include several local officials, past players and personalities. Infantino is also scheduled to meet with President of the Republic Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley during his visit to this country.

Infantino was in Aruba on the weekend for the CONCACAF  XXXII Ordinary Congress which was also attended by TTFA President David John-Williams and General Secretary Justin Latapy-George. Elections were conducted for CONCACAF and FIFA Councils positions at the Congress.  The Confederation’s membership also received updates from the implementation of the ONE CONCACAF Vision as well as a report of the progress achieved in each of the Confederation’s divisions, including a review of the organization’s strategic roadmap and the 2017 financial budget, which was approved.

While opening the Congress, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani emphasized the need to bring the World Cup back to CONCACAF in 2026, for which the Congress displayed rousing, unanimous support. To that end, three CONCACAF member nations – Canada, Mexico and the United States — have scheduled a “historic announcement” for Monday, April 10 in New York City, featuring CONCACAF and Canadian Soccer Association President Montagliani, Mexican Football Federation and CONCACAF Vice President Decio de Maria and U.S. Soccer Federation and FIFA Council Member Sunil Gulati.

He also announced the creation of a Players Ambassador Program aimed at advising and supporting CONCACAF in its mission to develop football.

Members received a review of the advances in the areas of football operations, commercial, finance and administration, as well as legal and compliance. The administration presented a strategic roadmap for the organization within the framework of the ONE CONCACAF Vision in order to achieve the Confederation’smission to develop the game.

Associations received a comprehensive budget report as a result of the governance and transparency measures implemented in the 2016-2017 period. With a strictest discipline, the organization continues establishing controls and processes to ensure integrity and comply with ethical business standards.

The annual meeting was attended by Prime Minister of Aruba, The Right Honorable Michiel Godfried Eman; and Minister of Public Health, Elderly Care and Sports in Aruba, The Honorable Dr. Carlos Alex Schwengle; FIFA President Gianni Infantino; CONMEBOL President, Alejandro Dominguez, and David Borja, AFC Advisor to the President.