World football’s governing body’s president Gianni Infantino has told a gathering of African football leaders on Saturday that he wants their continental Cup of Nations to be played every four years as part of a package of reforms designed to lift “African football to the top of the world”.
The FIFA boss also told a seminar in Rabat attended by delegates from each of the Confederation of African Football’s 54 member associations, that he wanted new stadiums in every member state and had earmarked $1 billion to finance the ambitious program.
Africa’s largest football tournament is currently played every two years, which makes it unpopular with European clubs. Infantino said,“What I’m asking you, and it’s your decision, is to discuss and consider moving to a Nations Cup every four years,”. He added that he wanted to “revolutionise African football”.
“Pele once said that an African team would win the World Cup, but this hasn’t happened and it seems we are not making progress. Today must be the day we turn that page” Infantino said. “Our objective must be to project African football to the top of the world,” he said.