World Cup: FIFA considers more slots for Africa


The visiting President of world football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has said if the organisation should consider increasing the number of teams that will be participating in the World Cup he would propose two more slots for Africa. Infantino made the promise on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “If FIFA will be increasing football teams in World Cup competition, I will propose two more teams to come from Africa,” he said. There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams. The Italian elected in February this year, arrived in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day visit to Nigeria. He also said that the organisation would soon decide to increase its yearly contributions and investments by four per cent in football development. As regards football development in Nigeria, Infantino said more work needed to be done in the areas of organisational structures, setting up of training centres and better framework.

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