FIFA President Gianni Infantino recently spoke to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo where he outlined his vision for the global game and where Africa fits into it.
Infantino went through a range of topics, but one of the main points he wanted to get across was the benefit of hosting a FIFA World Cup every two years, or in the case of junior competitions, every year.
He believes it will provide opportunity to players and for African countries especially, be a platform to drive improvements in their football.
“Those who don’t qualify [for Qatar 2022] will have to wait another four years for the chance to play at the World Cup,” Infantino said. “We need to give more opportunities to all the teams to play against each other.
“Whether it be the World Cup, or in another way, we have to study all of those. We need to offer more opportunities and chances for world football, for African football to shine on the world stage.
“This is valid for men’s and women’s football, as well as youth football, which is also part of the reform process. We really believe we need to have youth competitions every year and not every two years.
“Because with competitions every two years, if you are not born in the right month of the right year, you may have no opportunities to compete.”
Infantino also spoke about the African Super League among various other topics.
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