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Africa deserves more slots at the World Cup, says ex Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe

Published on: 15 August 2014
Ex Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe

Ex Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe believes Africa deserves more places at the FIFA World Cup despite the recent poor performance of teams from the continent.

Baffoe’s comments adds to the rolling debate as to whether FIFA should increase the five representative slots allotted to CAF for the FIFA World Cup.

Critics even believe the five slots given Africa ought to be whittled down due to Africa’s poor showing at the recent World Cup in Brazil.

Only Nigeria and Algeria were able to make it past the group stage of the just ended edition – sparking debates as to whether Africa indeed deserves extra slots as against their competitors in Europe in particular who have 13 slots.

The best African performance in the history of the World Cup finals is a quarter final finish – achieved by Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.

Teams from the continent have struggled to cut it against some of the top sides in other parts of the world.

Nevertheless, Baffoe believes Africa must be given more spots even if it takes an extra competitive slot by way of playoffs against another team from a different confederation.

“I believe in intercontinental playoffs and I believe we need to have one additional spot or two,” the ex Ghana defender said during the weekly Soccer Africa show.

“If you look at the performance in 2006 and the performance in 2010 and you see the impact of African players in club football outside the continent, then I think we need more spots.”

Europe had the highest allotment of 13 at the 2014 World Cup with South America following with six – including hosts Brazil.

CAF presented five teams including; Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Rastaman says:
    August 16, 2014 02:51 am
    Realistically, though, Ghana was a formidable side, judging from the way we could have easily beaten Germany. Ghana has a bright future, and the international community knows that. I am not saying this because I am Ghanaian, but with a better technical coaching staff, we stand a better chance to pull a huge surprise at the world stage. We could easily have qualified into the 1/16th stage of the 2014 world cup, if only we had focused a little bit. The best is yet to come as our players become very matured. Long Live Ghana, the best in Africa!
  • Anokwale says:
    August 16, 2014 04:31 am
    Keep the slots the same but no playoff. Group play with winners going.
  • g says:
    August 16, 2014 07:23 am
    think it shud be reduced instead,stupid africans only know of trying to disrupt the event with money issue and stupid drama
  • lion-fire says:
    August 15, 2014 05:53 pm
    Which poor showing by African teams. This is the 1st worldcup we had 2 trams out if the group stages
  • bstarfan says:
    August 15, 2014 07:31 pm
    The CAF needs to rework the qualifying, but I feel the number of slots is mostly fair. I suppose South America should have the greatest complaint given that 10 out of 11 teams have gotten out of their groups in the past two World Cups. Any way, back to Africa... the qualifying structure does not work to get the best teams into the tournament. I do not like the ten group system that leads into a playoff tie. I think it protected an undeserving Cameroon squad. On the field, Cape Verde deserved to qualify past Tunisia, but as a result of an awarded 3-0 result not saw Tunisia advance but given a seeded slot in the playoff round. The weakest seeded team (Tunisia) drew probably the second weakest non-seeded side (Cameroon), and the end result was sending a relatively poor team to Brazil. This needs to be corrected. I think a five group setup with 6 or 7 teams would be better as the more games would help guard against one odd result (or awarded result) and lucky draw from getting a lesser team to qualify.
  • Toni says:
    August 15, 2014 08:37 pm
    5 is a fair number for for a continent that is yet to produce a semi-finalist.
  • Cookes says:
    August 15, 2014 09:40 pm
    Africa only merits additional spots if the total number of World Cup teams is increased or until the continent can consistently produce semi finalists or quarter finalists. With the exception of maybe Egypt, it is difficult to see which other nations could have made an impact at this World Cup. The world's perception is that African teams are still mediocre. Yes, we have very good individual talents but our teams are still poor and are unable to beat the best European and South American sides. Until we actually beat the best teams, we have virtually no basis for clamoring for more spots.