The head coach of the Ivorian national team, Patrice Beaumelle has accused the world football governing body, the Federation of International Football (FIFA) of suppressing the growth of African football.
The Ivorian head coach is feeling the disappointment of his team’s missed chance of qualifying to the Qatar 2022 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Cameroon and coming in second in their group by calling out the Federation of International Football Association for allocating only five slots to a home of football talent like Africa and also considering the contributions of the continent to football.
Africa’s 54 participants in qualifying are whittled down to just five places at the 32-team tournament, while Europe has 13 guaranteed places from 55 competitors and South America four from 10.
“It is a shame because strong teams like mine will stay at home,” Frenchman Beaumelle said.
“I have been in Africa since 2008 and I have participated in many World Cup qualifiers. I want to speak to Fifa because when you see that we have 54 federations and only five can go to a World Cup it is a disaster.”
“I am not criticising other continents. But they (Fifa) are killing African football.”
“It is a shame to have big players who are the pride of European championships and now they will not go to a World Cup.”