African countries have started a campaign to increase the continent’s allocation of five places at the World Cup with the motion set to be tabled at the FIFA Congress in Brazil in June.
Twenty-eight national associations who attended a FIFA workshop which ended in South Africa yesterday took the decision to ask Fifa to increase Africa’s number of berths at the World Cup.
The allocation is normally five, although this increased to six when South Africa hosted the continent’s first finals four years ago.
Nonetheless, no more than one African nation has ever reached the knock-out stage at any World Cup.
“The allocation of Africa’s World Cup slots is based on a decision taken in 1994 at the FIFA congress in Chicago, just ahead of the World Cup in the United States,” Danny Joordan, the president of South Africa Football Association (SAFA) explained.
“When that allocation was made 20 years ago, was African football still at the same place? And if not, what progress has been made – and is there a case for an argument of increasing the number of slots for the African continent?”
Jordaan is keen to bring these issues to the table at the Fifa Congress in Brazil, though he suggests it may be after the World Cup.
Alongside African champions Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria and Cameroon are set to compete in Brazil.
No African side has ever reached the semi-finals, although Ghana were a penalty miss away in 2010, while Cameroon (1990) and Senegal (2002) make up the three sides to have reached the last eight.read more
Ghana international goalkeeper Fatau Dauda will make his third appearance for South African side Orlando Pirates against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Orlando Stadium tonight.
Dauda, who is under pressure from the Black Stars to play regularly to be considered for the World Cup squad, is filling the gap created by the suspension of Senzo Meyiwa.
Meyiwa collected his fourth booking when Pirates defeated Moroka Swallows last Saturday.
Coach Vladimir Vermezovic is happy with the fitness level of Dauda, who is also hoping Pirates will win with him between the posts for the first time.
“We have a lot of players in the team, Fatau is one of them and he has been hard at training. He is available for the game and will play,” said the Serbian coach.
“We are geared for a tough one because Aces have been doing well lately, but we are determined to beat them.”
Dauda made his debut when Meyiwa got injured after unsuccessfully trying to stop a rocket-like shot from Hlompho Kekana against Mamelodi Sundowns last month.
Pirates lost the game 1-0. In the second game, Dauda played the entire 90 minutes where they were shocked 1-0 by relegation-threatened Polokwane City.
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