Africa is set to be allocated as many as 10 teams slot at the 2026 World Cup as the FIFA Council has ratified the expanded 48-nation competition proposal during their meeting in Bahrain.
The continent is guaranteed nine places while a 10th country may qualify if it comes out as one of the final winners in a six-team play-offs tournament as confirmed by FIFA.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had been in talks with FIFA for more slots in the intercontinental competition even as the continent has a massive 54 members of the 211 total members of the association.
Africa will now have at least 4 more qualification berths by the 2026 World Cup since the continent has had five representatives at the World Cup in recent years.
Europe’s guaranteed slots has also been increased from 13 to 16, while North America has seen their number of representatives increased from 3 to 6, Asia’s representation goes up from 4 to 8.
Nevertheless, Australasia, who presently have no guaranteed slots as a continent, are now guaranteed one place in the competition. Oceania have previously had to go through a play-off with a team from South America to qualify.
New Zealand should be the most favoured by this new system as their will apparently be no competition in their region for the sole ticket in the expanded format.
The most teams that Africa has ever had at the World Cup was six – in 2010 when South Africa (hosts), Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast competed.