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Africa maintains five slots for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Federation of International Football Federations, (FIFA) the world soccer governing body, has announced no changes in the allocation of slots for the 2014 World Cup and thus Africa will maintain her slots.

FIFA said it will keep the World Cup slots per continent the same as in the 2010 edition, but will conduct a draw for the play-offs at a press conference following a two-day meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich on Thursday.

Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates that Jerome Valcke, FIFA General Secretary announced the allocations with Europe to having (13 places), Africa (5 places), Asia (4.5 places), South America (4.5 places), North, Central America and Caribbean (3 or 4 places) and Oceania (1 place).

Hosts Brazil will, however, qualify automatically and will not be involved in the qualifying series to determine the 31 places for the Mundial.

Africa had six representations at the last (2010) World Cup due to staging of the tournament in South Africa, who qualified as the host nation.

It will be the third World Cup after 2006 and 2010, that Africa will be represented by five teams’ aside the host nation at the Mundial.

Meanwhile, the draw for the preliminary round will be held on June 30 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Source: GNA

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