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Infantino to increase Africa World Cup slots, improve FA grants

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said he hopes he could 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.

There are presently 32 finalists for the World Cup with Africa represented by five teams.

“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.” he said.

In addition, he sees Nigeria as the bedrock for African development in the game but must curb excesses.

“I foresee Nigeria as a bedrock for the development of the game in Africa, however infrastructure, stability and security are needed to make this happen.”

Additionally, to facilitate the development of the game in the various continents, FIFA has increased their grants to the various Federations from $200,000 to $1.25 million. Infantino alos promised that FIFA would key into the Anambra State FA recently launched 50,000 football for 50,000 homes project, which it aimed at raising footballers from every family in the state.

He said that FIFA would join hands with the initiators to expand it further.

During his visit, the FIFA boss met with 18 federation presidents across Africa and also attended the final of a national youth tournament.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal in Jos on Monday, set aside the decision of the lower court re-listing Chris Giwa’s case against the NFF.

The Court also awarded N50,000 damages against the respondents.

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