FIFA president , Gianni Infantino, has affirmed that Africa will get more than seven slots in the proposed 48-team World Cup.
FIFA boss Infantino while speaking to journalists in Ghana during his one-day official visit, said ‘‘African representation will definitely be more than seven. Now the precise number we are still working it out,’‘ he said.
He further confirmed that FIFA’s investment in African football had spiked from $27m to $94m a year as part of efforts aimed at developing the sport further.
The heads of Africa’s football associations recently pitched for 10 slots in the expanded World Cup. The figure of 10 meant that they were seeking to double the number of the continent’s teams at the global football showpiece.
The request was thus made to the FIFA president at a two-day meeting in South Africa. There had been speculations that under the 48-team World Cup format FIFA intended to give Africa nine slots. The format is targeted to kick off with the 2026 edition of the tournament.