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FIFA President promises Africa two extra World Cup slots if tournament expands

Published On 26/07/2016 | By Enoch | Africa, Latest News, Top Stories

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says Africa will get an additional two World Cup finals places should the tournament be expanded to 40 teams from 2026

Infantino proposed the expansion from 32 teams before he was elected into office in February.

Africa is currently allocated five places at World Cups, with Senegal Ghana and Cameroon having performed better by reaching the quarter-final stage. No team has gone past that stage.

“My proposal has been 40 teams and if that happens then my proposal has been to have at least two extra places for African teams,” said Infantino.

The move would not come into effect until 2026 with the format of 32 teams already confirmed for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

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