Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA, President, Gianni Infantino has made it clear that the idea of including eight more teams to 2018 and 2022 World Cup final has now been ruled out.
Infantino who spoke in Abuja shortly before his departure maintained that his hands are tied since arrangements are already in place before he was elected into office
He further assured of his readiness to press for Africa to get two more spots at the World Cup should his proposal for the tournament to be expanded to 40 teams go through after 2022.
There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.
According to him; “Yes I made some promises before my election as the President, expanding the number of teams participating at World was among them. It is after 2022 World Cup that I will be able to table the proposal.
“I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should have 40 teams and out of the additional eight teams we should have at least two more African teams. We are discussing this and I hope I will be able to convince everyone as well with this proposal.
Infantino also spoke of his intention to invest more in African football development adding; “The first was the reforms and they have been implemented. The second is for us to should invest more for football development.
“We have done through by increasing the development fund by four for each member association which had been significantly increased. I promised that the secretary general shouldn’t be an European as it was the case in the core history of Fifa.
“The secretary general is African with Samoura and this is good for Africa. It is about time we try to follow words.”
At last Congress in Mexico, Fifa had announced plans for a four-stage bidding process for that World Cup, before a decision is made on the hosts in May 2020.

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