Gianni Infantino, President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has promised between 9 and 10 spots for Africa at the 2026 World Cup.
“I will work for 9 to 10 African teams to qualify for that World Cup,” APA quoted Infantino as saying in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.
However, Infantino warned that such a goal would not be achieved without the support of all FIFA member federations.
The continent’s Football Association presidents told football’s world governing body, FIFA, they want at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup.
“All associations back the idea to expand the World Cup and there is hope that Africa can have 10 places,” said South African FA chief Danny Jordaan.
Other continents with more spots include Europe with a minimum of 16 places, up from 13, Asia nine places, compared to 4.5 now, and South America a total of six, also up from 4.5.
The CONCACAF region, made up of the Caribbean, Central and North American countries to get 6.5 places, compared to 3.5.
Oceania would be having one automatic place at the finals, instead of 0.5.
The FIFA Council must pass the final allocation of places.