African countries are set to benefit financially from the planned biennial FIFA World Cup, according to Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
On Friday 26 November 2021, CAF held an extraordinary congress in Cairo to vote in favour of proposals to hold the Mundial once every two years.
While claiming that 90 percent of African countries are in favour of the Mundial taking place once every other year, Dr. Sanusi has also claimed that African countries will benefit financially from a two-year World Cup.
“One thing I want us to understand is that it is advantageous to Africa because there is more money coming to Africa that will give the opportunity to countries that have never qualified to the world up to participate in it,” he told Abigail Sena Sosu on GTV Sports+’s Road to Qatar show.
Ghana FA President Kurt Okraku and Prosper Harrison Addo attended the event in Cairo to represent Ghana.
FIFA’s ruling council agreed in October to hold a global summit of all 211 member associations on December 20 to discuss the proposals for a World Cup to be held every two years rather than every four years.
A report commissioned by UEFA, and presented in October’s meeting, estimated a shortfall of between 2.5 and 3 billion euros ($2.9bn to 3.5bn) across four years for European federations if FIFA were to adopt its plan to switch to a biennial World Cup, AFP has learned.
However, no such details has been shared about African countries and the impact of the biennial world cup.
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