New FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been on a two-day visit of Nigeria since Sunday, alongside new secretary-general Fatma Samoura.
Samoura was recently appointed by Infantino to the role, but before joining FIFA the Senegalese woman was the head of the UN Development programme in Nigeria.
The Swiss former UEFA Secretary General was elected as FIFA president at the end of February, beating Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain in the second round of voting.
The head of world football’s governing body mentioned his plans to extend the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams, with Africa set to receive two additional qualification spots as a result.
While in Nigeria he reiterated that stance, and mentioned that he hopes to have the extra teams in place for the flagship tournament in 2026.
‘I believe for the 2026 World Cup, we should have 40 teams and out of the additional eight teams we should have at least two more African teams,’ Infantino told the media in Abuja.
‘We are discussing this and I hope I will be able to convince everyone as well.’