WAFU wants increase in World Cup slots
The General Assembly of the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone “B” has held a congress in Kumasi with a call to the world’s football governing body, FIFA, to review the slots for Africa at the World Cup.
African football, it insisted had come of age, and therefore the need to allocate to the continent more slots to reflect the changing trends in the sport.
“We crave on FIFA to seriously consider our plea to brighten our chances at the quadrennial championship”, Kwasi Nyantakyi, the WAFU Zone “B” President, stated.
Africa, comprising 54 countries, is currently allocated five slots at the World Cup, compared with 13 slots given to Europe’s 53 countries.
This huge imbalance in Europe’s favor, to many, had been the secret behind its impressive showing at the prestigious tournament over the years.
The farthest Africa had come in the World Cup had been the quarter-final stage since it started participation in the 1950s.
Nyantakyi advised member associations to take active part in activities of WAFU to strengthen its structures for sustainable growth.
Samuel Adusei, Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, called on WAFU member associations to deepen their solidarity.
The congress, amongst others, discussed the financial status of WAFU, the on-going 2013 GOTV WAFU and general administrative activities.