Jul 27, 2016

    More World Cup slots for Africa: Infantino


    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday he hopes Africa gets two more spots at the World Cup if his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams goes through.

    There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup, with Africa represented by five teams.

    Infantino, elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day visit to Nigeria.

    He was accompanied by new secretary-general Fatma Samoura, who until her appointment in May headed the UN Development Programme in the West African country.

    "I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should have 40 teams and, out of the additional eight teams, we should have at least two more African teams," he told reporters in Abuja.

    Infantino, who earlier met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, described him as "a friend of football".

    The Fifa chief said he regards Nigeria as the bedrock for the development of football on the continent.

    Nigeria are seen as one of the giants of African football even though the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the second time in succession.