The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa), Moses Magogo has said it’s prudent for the African continent to request for more slots at the World Cup stage.
Previously the African continent had only one slot before it increased to two in 1982 and later three in 1994 and now five since 1998. In an interview on Wednesday, Magogo said irrespective of the way African teams have performed over time at the world’s biggest football showpiece, they deserve more slots.
Magogo who also attended the Fifa Congress in Sao Paolo, Brazil before the World Cup kick-off said it is not logical that out of 54 nations in Africa, we only have five slots. He reasoned that the countries that go to the World Cup come back better and this eventually reflects on the whole continent.
He said it is wrong to judge the African continent basing on performance because that is not the best perimeter to measure which continent needs more slots.
Magogo reasoned that if some sectors of people think Africa should be given more slots based on performance, he wondered if Europe should also lose some slots because the likes of England, Spain and Italy fell out in the Group stage at the on-going2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In the past African football leaders including Zambian FA President Kalusha Bwalya have been at the forefront of advocating for the increase of slots for the African continent for the World Cup. The Super Eagles of Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast represented the African continent at this year’s World Cup. No country in East and Central Africa has qualified for the World Cup.