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Africa Set To Support 2022 World Cup Expansion

15 March,2019 750

Africa “will definitely support” expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf) vice-president. […]

Africa “will definitely support” expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf) vice-president.

Fifa’s Council is meeting in Miami on Thursday and Friday when it will discuss the possible expansion.

With Africa’s World Cup allocation set to double, the views of Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick may come as little surprise.

“Caf will definitely support the vision of (Fifa president) Gianni Infantino if he wants this,” he told BBC Sport.

“Why wait until 2026 if we can achieve it now? If you do it now, there will be more money and more participating teams.

“In Africa we are going to have another 4.5 (places), which makes more sense to us – rather than just going with 5 nations. That’s why Africa will always support Infantino.”

A final decision on the possible expansion – which would come ahead of a pre-existing decision to have 48 teams in the 2026 World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States – is expected to be taken at the Fifa Congress in June.


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Bamuke Derrick Hartlego is a Ugandan sports Journalist. He currently works as a presenter with Homex Radio, an online sports radio and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). He previously served as the senior sports reporter at Dailysports Media, Insidesports Uganda and Linkme Ug, he has also worked with 94.1 Nile FM, a station owned by Bornfree Technologies Network, in Arua.

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