FIFA President Gianni Infantino gets warm welcome in the Philippines from Manny Pacquiao and The PFF

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 21, 2019 11:39 AM
FIFA President Gianni Infantino gets warm welcome in PH
(Photo courtesy of Manny Pacquiao on Twitter)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrived in the Philippines Sunday evening, and was immediately greeted by a welcoming committee that included Philippine Football Federation President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta Jr., General Secretary Edwin Gastañes, and Senator and Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. 

Infantino even had a gift for Pacquiao in the form of a personalized kit. 

The two-day visit to the country is one of the stops in an East Asian tour where in he had touched base with the football federations of FIFA-member nations. Infantino's stops included North Korea, Mongolia, Bangladesh, China PR, Laos, and Brunei. 

The Philippines, currently ranked 127th in the world, remains one of the highest-ranked football nations in Southeast Asia, with the sport maintaining a healthy level of popularity, with the men's and women's national teams competing and performing well in the international stage. 


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