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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