The CSKA Stadium provided the setting for the FIFA Legends Football Tournament, an event that is becoming something of a tradition in the lead-up to the FIFA Congress.
Following the host side’s victory in Bahrain last year, it was Team CAF, captained by Kalusha Bwalya, who took the honours on this occasion after beating Team OFC on penalties.
Eight teams took part in the competition, representing FIFA, Russia and the six confederations. Figuring among the players was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, members of the FIFA Council, delegates of the member associations taking part in the 68th FIFA Congress, and a sizeable contingent of FIFA Legends.
“You can see how much we’re enjoying it. It’s a great idea by FIFA to organise events like this, to bring the most prominent members of the football world together, whether they’re ex-players or administrators. It’s important to get all these people in the same place,” said former Cameroon international Geremi Njitab, who played at Korea/Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010, as he celebrated his team’s victory.
“I never played the game, but it’s wonderful to be in such an amazing stadium and share such a fun experience with members of all the confederations and people from the FIFA Council,” said Maria Sol Munoz of Ecuador, who sits on the FIFA Council. “It’s motivating and a good way to lead up to the World Cup. The atmosphere is really starting to build and you can feel that there’s more of…