Fifa president Gianni Infantino has called for unity among African member associations, both in regional and continental confederations to enhance collective development of the game in the continent.
Infantino was speaking at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Annual General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.
“Cosafa is very important in this part of the world, and as part of the FIFA Forward programme, in which we introduced a strong support to the zonal organisations,” he said.
“Nevertheless we can and want to do more so we need to be united and work together in a true spirit of cooperation.”
The Fifa boss said all African nations should start preparing for the 2026 Fifa World Cup, which will see the number of African teams participating in the competition increase from five to nine.
“Doubling the number of teams participating in the World Cup is crucial because it can have an impact on youth and the entire football community as it gives many more countries a concrete chance to qualify.
“This can trigger investments from governments and the private sector, which can help the member associations further develop football in their respective countries,” he added.
The Swiss-Italian football administrator said Africa must unite so as to reap rewards for the talent she has invested in the game.
“In order for African teams not only to participate, but to shine at a world stage, the work has to start now. Africa should be united to get back what it has given to global football, and this can only happen if we all work together,” Infantino said.
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By FARPost Reporter