Nouakchott - FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised to come good on a promise to
hike Africa's Soccer World Cup finals berths to nine or 10 during a visit to
the impoverished West African state of Mauritania this week.
want everyone to have the right to dream and how better to do that that
taking part in a major event such as a World Cup," Infantino told a
During last year's hotly contested FIFA
elections Infantino promised African federation chiefs that if elected
he would increase the continent's meagre five World Cup berths in a new
look competition featuring 48 nations rather that the current format of
"Of the 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 World Cup nine or 10
will be African. We'll be working on that," the Swiss head of world
The expansion of the World Cup, passed by the FIFA Council in January, comes into effect for the 2026 tournament.
The Infantino proposal will feature 16 first-round groups from which winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout phase.