Africa deserves more than five World Cup slots-Nyantakyi

Kwesi NyantakyiGFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi says WAFU have sent a resolution to FIFA to reconsider their decision on the number of World Cup slots allocated to the African continent.

Africa has over the years made a lot of progress since her first World Cup appearance in Germany in 1974 when DR Congo (Zaire) represented the continent.

Cameroon made Africa proud in 1990 when they reached the quarter finals stages of the World Cup in Italy.

Senegal and Ghana have gone ahead to repeat similar feats in the 2002 and 2010 competitions respectively.

Mr. Nyantakyi told XYZ Sports after he was sworn in as President of WAFU for a second term on Wednesday that the continent has grown stronger over the years and deserves more than five slots at the World Cup.

“Whilst we acknowledge the five slots given to Africa by FIFA, we think that Africa has grown stronger now to deserve more places at the World Cup” Mr Nyantakyi told XYZ Sports.

“So the Kumasi declaration is saying that if you look at the size and strength of Africa we deserve an increment”

“We have 54 countries yet we have only 5 slots at the World Cup. Europe has 53 and they have 13 slots at the World and that is interesting”

“We think that a way should be found where some of the countries in Europe could engage some African countries in a playoff”.

“Apart from the big countries like Germany, Spain Holland, France, England and so forth there are other smaller countries that in our view do not deserve automatic World Cup places”.

“Let them play against Burkina Faso, Togo, Senegal and see who will qualify to the World Cup and we believe that will be a fairer way of selecting countries for the competition”

Africa deserves more than 5 slots and we want FIFA to take a second look at that issue” the 44 year old legal practitioner concluded.

Source: radioxyz

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