FIFA president Gianni Infantino: Two more World Cup spots for Africa


Infantino said he would seek to have the World Cup expanded to 40 teams from the 2026 tournament and Africa would get at least two of the eight additional slots at the expanded tournament.

"I believe for the World Cup 2026 - because the 2018 and 2022 finals are already decided - there should be 40 teams. And out of the eight more there should be at least two slots for African teams.

"This is what I declared during my campaign and as you know I’m not a dictator but a democratically elected FIFA president, so I have to speak to everyone and listen to everyone as well,” he told reporters in Abuja, suggesting it was a far from done deal.

An expanded World Cup was one of the key points in the election manifesto of Infantino, who was voted in as the president of world football’s governing body in February.

The next two World Cups remain with a field of 32 teams with Africa having had five places since the expansion in 1998, except for 2010 when with the tournament hosted in South Africa there were six African nations at the finals.