FIFA president Gianno Infantino has announced that 40 teams will feature at the 23rd edition of the Fifa World Cup from 2026 with Africa getting two more slots.
In May, the new president of the world football governing body had indicated desire to add eight new teams to the tournament, a proposal that will be discussed possibly in October.
However, Infantino has disclosed this again in a media chat following an U13 exhibition match between FCT and Enugu at the National Stadium, Abuja in climax of his two-day visit to Nigeria.
The 46-year-old assured Africa that will get no fewer than two of the eight fresh slots in the proposed expanded World Cup event.
“I believe for the World Cup 2026, because World Cup 2018 and 2022 are already decided, there should be 40 teams. And out of the eight more there should be at least two slots for African teams.”
He reiterated his vow to fulfill all his campaign promises, especially investing more in football development.
“I promised that the secretary general shouldn’t be an European. “The secretary general is African with Samoura and this is good for Africa. It is about time we try to follow words,” he concluded.
Source: Daily Sun