South African national soccer team Bafana Bafana stand a huge chance to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup which will feature 48-teams, 9-teams for Africa.
For the first time in history, Africa will be represented by nine teams at the FIFA World Cup in the year 2026.
The Fifa Council have unanimously decided to increase the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, to include 16 groups of three teams
In 2026, 48 Countries will take part in the World cup and there will be 80 matches as opposed to the current 64.
The current FIFA proposal will reformat the world cup so that the opening stages comprise 16 groups of 3 teams. Each team will play each other- ie three games per group- and the top two will progress to a knockout round with 32 sides.
The proposal, which look likely to ratified by FIFA, would mean Africa receiving four more places in the tournament, 9 in all (one per group)
The proposed breakdown would comprise: Europe 16 teams (13 currently), Africa 9 (5 currently) Asia 8.5 (4.5 currently), South America 6 (4.5 currently), Concacaf 6.5 (3.5), Oceania 1 (0, 5 currently), Host nation 1
The tournament doesn’t have a host nation yet, with the bidding process delayed due to the corruption scandal.
A final decision on the host is expected in May 2020.