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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Begins 3-State Visit of Africa

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is in Africa for a three-nation visit that will see him meet the various heads of African football federations.

Infantino is in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the meeting with the heads will take place, and is expected to expound on his plans to expand the World Cup and make changes to its development structures.

Last year, he pledged to increase the number of teams that participate in the World Cup, from 32 to 48 teams, with Africa expected to get two more slots.

The FIFA president will also visit Zimbabwe and Uganda.

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This is the third time Infantino is visiting the continent as FIFA president, having visited Nigeria and Gabon in 2016.

The Johannesburg summit is the first time such a meeting has been held in which FIFA deals directly with all the leaders of African football, although Infantino did meet some 20 African football association presidents in Nigeria last July.

Infantino’s visit to Uganda will be the first by any sitting FIFA president, and is seen as a recognition of the East African country’s improved performances that led to the Uganda Cranes qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

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