FIFA president hopes Africa gets two far more World Cup slots
FIFA president Gianni Infantino mentioned on Monday he hopes Africa gets two a lot more spots at the Globe Cup if his proposal for the tournament to become expanded to 40 teams goes by means of.
You will find presently 32 finalists for the Globe Cup with Africa represented by 5 teams.
Infantino, elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day go to to Nigeria.
He is accompanied by new secretary-general Fatma Samoura, who till her appointment in Might headed the UN Development Programme inside the West African nation.
"I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should really have 40 teams and out from the more eight teams we really should have no less than two more African teams," Infantino told reporters in Abuja."We are discussing this and I hope I'll be capable of convince every person at the same time."Infantino who earlier met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, described him as "a friend of football".
The FIFA chief mentioned he regards Nigeria as the bedrock for the development of football around the continent."I foresee Nigeria as a bedrock for the development of the game in Africa, having said that infrastructure, stability and safety are necessary to make this occur," he said.
In the course of his visit, Infantino met with 18 federation presidents across Africa as well as attended the final of a national youth tournament.
Nigeria is seen as one of several giants of African football even though its national side, the Super Eagles, failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the second time in succession.