Botswana: Botswana backs FIFA President's 48-team World Cup proposal

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti has backed FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s call to expand the World Cup finals from 32 to 48 teams, local publication Mmegi Sport has reported.

Letshwiti believes the move will give African teams more slots, from the current five.

“Football in Africa is becoming competitive. We deserve recognition. I think Africa is being recognised; we have just increased our membership from current five to seven in the FIFA executive committee,” Letshwiti told Mmegi Sport.

The newly elected FIFA Council is expected to take a final decision on the proposed extension plan in January.

Though football experts believe the decision will have a negative impact on the quality of the World Cup, Letshwiti remains optimistic.

“It’s not the quality of play which is an issue but the quality of management,” said Letshwiti, emphasising that management issues are affecting football across the globe.
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05 october 2016 09:49:45

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