Accra – Fifa President Gianni Infantino says talks are advanced to give Africa more than seven slots at the Fifa World Cup 2026.
The world football governing body has already announced that the number of competing teams will be increased to 48 from the 2022 edition in Qatar.
Top shots on the continent have spoken about the desire to double Africa’s current five slots at the finals in the next decade. This, the Fifa boss says could likely get if not the exact number.
“African representation will definitely be more than seven. Now the precise number, we are still working it out,” Infantino revealed during his four-hour official visit to Ghana on Monday.
Early on, the Swiss lawyer called on Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo at the seat of government where he shared some insights on the development of football in the country and Africa as a whole.
The Fifa boss admonished government and the Football Association to back him as he leads the charge for reforms towards the development of the game.
“We need the support of big football countries like Ghana to be an example not only for this region of West Africa but for the world.
“You are a big football country. You have given so many top players to the world. Everyone knows the Black Stars, everyone knows Ghana, everyone looks at Ghana as an example.
“I need the support as well and the example of a country like Ghana to serve as a catalyst for change and for reforms in football and for football development. This country is full of talents, full of passion…,” he told the President of Ghana.
Infantino has been on an African tour where he initially made stops in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He left Accra after a brief interaction with the Ghanaian media Monday afternoon.