The JFA is strengthening relations with Burundi by donating hundreds of balls and shoes for soccer development in the African countryThe Japan Football Association (JFA) will be presenting a donation of football equipment to the Football Federation of Burundi (FFB) on Tuesday, August 20.
The donation came into being after this year's Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), when Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and emphasized the role that sports played in his country after the end of their civil war.
The JFA decided to make this donation in the spirit of strengthening Japan-Burundi relations in the sports world. 1000 footballs will be donated to the Burundi government, and 300 balls and 300 pairs of football shoes will be donated to the FFB.
JFA vice president Kozo Tashima will be present at the ceremony, which will be held at the FFB headquarters. Burundi, is an African country beside Rwanda, DR Congo and Tanzania. The country is yet to make their mark in senior international football, never qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations nor the Fifa World Cup, but they've been making progress at junior level. Development funds will go a long way to aid their soccer players of tomorrow.