Blatter wants more Africa slots for World Cup

FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter has called for an increase in the five African slots at the World Cup.

Blatter in his column in the maiden issue of the ‘FIFA Weekly’ published on Friday, October 25, 2013; said Africa and Asia, the Confederations with the biggest memberships deserve an increased representation at the biggest football tournament.

“From a purely sporting perspective, I would like to see globalisation finally taken seriously, and the African and Asian national associations accorded the status they deserve at the FIFA World Cup. It cannot be that the European and South American confederations lay claim to the majority of the berths at the World Cup (18 or 19 teams), because taken together they account for significantly fewer member associations (63) than Africa and Asia (100).

“Africa, the confederation with the most member associations (54), is woefully under-represented at the World Cup with just five places.

“As long as this remains the case, African sides may never win an intercontinental trophy, regardless of progress on the playing side. This flawed state of affairs must be rectified. At the end of the day, an equal chance for all is the paramount imperative of elite sport,” Blatter said.

CAF President Issa Hayatou has never hidden his intention of working to ensure a better representation of the continent at the Mundial. The last World Cup in 2010, the first on the continent saw six African teams including hosts South Africa.

Five teams will represent Africa in the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
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