Africa ‘will support’ 2022 World Cup expansion

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino, an ally of Caf vice-president Amaju Pinnick, has previously said he is ‘optimistic’ about expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

Africa “will definitely support” expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf) vice-president.

Fifa’s Council is meeting in Miami on Thursday and Friday when it will discuss the possible expansion.

With Africa’s World Cup allocation set to double, the views of Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick may come as little surprise.

“Caf will definitely support the vision of (Fifa president) Gianni Infantino if he wants this,” he told BBC Sport.

“Why wait until 2026 if we can achieve it now? If you do it now, there will be more money and more participating teams.

“In Africa we are going to have another 4.5 (places), which makes more sense to us – rather than just going with five nations. That’s why Africa will always support Infantino.”

Because of its small geographical size, Qatar would need the support of regional co-hosts to stage a 48-team finals.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported