said the proposal to give nine FIFA World Cup places to Africa means the future of the continent’s football looks very good.
FIFA had on Thursday suggested Africa’s current tally of five berths will nearly double when the tournament expands to 48 teams in 2026.
“We will accept nine — it’s a fair number,’’ the former Real Madrid star said.
“We aren’t saying we will win the World Cup with that number, but our chances will increase.’’
The decision needs to be ratified when the FIFA Council meets in May, and this is expected to happen.
This is because president Gianni Infantino and all six confederation presidents, according to a FIFA statement, agreed on (the) proposed slot allocation.
Geremi, who played at the 2002 and 2010 World Cup for the Indomitable Lions, believes the increased participation will help Africa in two ways.