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Ghana’s president Akufo-Addo backs Africa’s
call for 10 slots at FIFA World Cup

By Alex Osei-Boateng ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has backed the call by heads of Africa’s football associations for five more slots for the continent at the proposed 48-team FIFA World Cup, the presidency said on Tuesday

“Ghana joins the call for 10 slots for the continent at the World Cup. We think it is fair, just and equitable, especially when you consider the enthusiasm with which football is followed on the continent,” Akufo-Addo said on Monday when FIFA President Gianni Infantino paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency.

Commending the FIFA President for appointing Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura as FIFA Secretary General, coupled with the appointment of Ghana’s Justice Anin Yeboah onto the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee, in addition to providing assistance to African football, President Akufo-Addo noted that these moves pointed to a FIFA President who had made Africa a top priority.

To this end, he assured Infantino that “the reforms that you have initiated in the administration of global football have our full support. What we would like to see is that those reforms are also translated into the administration of African football. This would be a major achievement of your presidency”.

“We are passionate about the game in Ghana, and we want to make a strong contribution to the growth of world football,” he said

Infantino noted that Africa had been his biggest priority since he assumed office.

“We have to help develop football on this continent; there is a potential and we have to exploit it not only with words but with concrete actions and we have started putting them in place and, together, we can make the difference,” he said.

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