football showpiece will be expanded to 40
teams in ten years time.
The Fifa boss Gianno Infantino has
announced that 40 teams will feature at the
2026 Fifa World Cup.
Infantino disclosed this in a media chat
following an U13 exhibition match between
FCT and Enugu at the National Stadium,
Abuja in climax of his two-day visit to
Nigeria on Monday.
The 46-year-old assured Africa that will get
no fewer than two of the eight fresh slots in
the proposed expanded World Cup event.
"In regards to the expansion of the World
Cup and number of slots for African
countries and those other countries around
the World," Infantino told media.
"I believe for the World Cup 2026, because
World Cup 2018 and 2022 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 reiterated vow to fulfill all his campaign
promises, especially investing more in
"The first was the reforms and they have
been implemented. The second is for us to
should invest more for football
"We have done through by increasing the
development fund by four for each member
association which had been significantly
"I promised that the secretary general
shouldn't be an European as it was the
case in the core history of Fifa.
"The secretary general is African with
Samoura and this is good for Africa. It is
about time we try to follow words," he