CAF Releases Statement After FIFA Suggests the Prestigious World Cup Be Played Every 2 Years

CAF Releases Statement After FIFA Suggests the Prestigious World Cup Be Played Every 2 Years

  • CAF will support FIFA over plans to hold the men’s and women’s World Cup every two years instead of every four
  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino has reiterated that a biennial World Cup will not affect the magic of the tournament
  • CAF said in a statement that it resolved to support hosting the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup every two years

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has voted in support of the world’s football governing body, FIFA, for the World Cup to be played every two years, Complete Sports reports.

In a statement released on Friday, November 26, CAF’s position was made public following an Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo.

It was gathered that FIFA has been bent on having the men’s and women’s World Cup every two years instead of every four.

CAF officials
CAF supports FIFA's plan to have the World Cup every two years. Photo: Jemal Countess
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And the idea has been opposed by both UEFA and CONMEBOL, but FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted that that a biennial World Cup will not affect the magic of the tournament, as its frequency would have no bearing on its quality and prestige.

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CAF had been widely expected to support the plans, however, with the confederation’s president, Patrice Motsepe, claiming in September that African football could be the “biggest beneficiary” of FIFA’s controversial plan.

The statement said via beIN sports:

“CAF welcomes the FIFA Congress decision to conduct a feasibility study on hosting men’s and women’s FIFA World Cups every two years.
“If the FIFA study concludes it is feasible, CAF will fully support hosting the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup every two years.”

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A ten-man list of nominees was unveiled on FIFA website which include Barcelona legend Lionel Messi and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The pair have dominated both the FIFA awards and Ballon d’Or in the last one and a half decade, but that of this year will be tightly contested with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski also on the list.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Thomas Tuchel will be aiming to win the FIFA Best Men’s Coach Award after helping the Blues win the Champions League title for a second time last season.

The coaches nominated and their achievements The Greman gaffer will be contending with Italian national team boss Roberto Mancini who led the Azzurri's to a second European title at Wembley.

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