Africa may be on the road to having the FIFA World Cup being held twice on the continent after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gave thumbs up to a proposal seeking to have the tournament be played after every two years.
Given the fact that the FIFA World Cup is among the world’s most popular sports tournaments, it will be a great boast for Africa as a continent more so for the countries selected in terms of tourism and other benefits economically.
The FIFA World Cup, which is currently held after every four years may see itself happen twice in Africa if the proposal is fully accepted and taken on by the responsible governing bodies.
However, CAF’s Executive Committee, chaired by the body’s newly elected President Patrice Motsepe, appears to have other ideas for the tournament.
“The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), whose chair is Dr Patrice Motsepe, met on Friday 16th July 2021, to show their support for the recommendations of the FIFA World Cup being held every two years instead of the previous four,” it said in a statement.
The move, according to CAF insiders could make it easier for African teams to compete and win the tournament. The FIFA World Cup, which normally attracts the highest audience, consists of 32 national teams including well-known bigwigs such as Brazil, Italy, Spain, England, Croatia.
CAF wants the FIFA World Cup to be held every two years instead of four
According to Nairobi News, only 13 out of 54 African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, South Africa, Togo, and DR Congo have qualified to play at this competition which was hosted by South Africa in 2010.
The winning team at this tournament is normally awarded the FIFA World Cup trophy, a 6.1kg trophy made of 18-carat gold with bands of malachite (a rare crystal found in the Democratic Republic of Congo) on its base.
France is the reigning champion after winning their second title in 2018 in Russia, while Brazil, is the most successful country in the world with five world titles.
The next FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar in 2022. So far, the qualifying round has seen 210 teams participate with 364 matches played and 1,164 goals scored. The World Cup qualifiers table for the 2021/22 season can be viewed right here.
Current standings for the FIFA World Cup African Qualifying table
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