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Infantino proposes extra African spots in expanded World Cup

Gianni Infantino

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has suggested expanding the FIFA World Cup to 40 teams, with Africa receiving two extra qualifying spots.

Infantino has long been a supporter of the expansion of the FIFA World Cup from its current 32-team format, and proposed the idea before even being elected as FIFA president.

Africa is currently allocated five spots in the World Cup, with the current format.

“My proposal has been 40 teams and if that happens then m proposal has been to have at least two extra place for African teams,” Infantino said, according to British news outlet BBC.

However, the proposed expansion will definitely not be applied before 2026, with the 32-team format confirmed for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar respectively.

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  1. Leo

    July 27, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Great maybe then, Egypt will make the Wold Cup!

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