The Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee have endorsed the idea of hosting the FIFA World Cup every two years.
A proposal to have a biennial World Cup, instead of the current quadrennial system, was put forward by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation in May 2021.
During their congress this year, FIFA subsequently initiated a study into the feasibility of hosting both the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years.
At their EXCO meeting held in Rabat, Morocco this past weekend, CAF said they fully support the proposal.
“The highest body of CAF deemed it necessary to express its support as we did at the congress for that excellent resolution,” CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe told the media in Morocco.
“They felt that we should also, as the highest decision-making body of CAF, announce that African football, taking into account the serious financial challenges and the lack of infrastructure and the lack of facilities for football in the continent, would probably be the biggest beneficiary of a World Cup that takes place every two years.
“So, the decision was to reaffirm our commitment to the decision that was taken and to indicate that having the World Cup every two years is something that would be of huge benefit to the world, but definitely more so to the developing world and Africa in particular,” he said.
The idea of a biennial FIFA World Cup was first suggested by FIFA’s former president Sepp Blatter over 20 years ago, and revived in 2018 by the head of South American confederation (CONMEBOL), Alejandro Dominguez.
The proposal was also raised by former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who is now head of global development for FIFA.
Meanwhile, the African football mother body also announced a first calendar for the interclub competitions of the 2021/2022 season.
The CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup will kick start in September 2021 while the draw for the preliminary rounds will be made on 15 August 2021 at the latest.
Bids to host the interclub finals will be opened in November 2021.
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By Ofhani Munyai