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FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

FIFA confirms nine places for Africa at 2026 World Cup

Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting in Bahrain.

Gabon's national team at the AFCON. Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Quartz

Africa is the biggest beneficiary of FIFA's new 48-team World Cup format (Infographic)

When FIFA voted in January to change the format of soccer’s World Cup starting from 2026, it was unclear how the increase in participating nations, from 32 to 48, would affect slot allocations to the six geographic confederations.

Ashburton Investments

Bahraini firms eyeing major push in Africa: Ashburton Investments

Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination continues to grow in recognition, a leading investment expert has said.

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), the country's $1B sovereign wealth fund, rated 9 out of 10 for transparency: Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI)

Sovereign wealth fund tracking firm, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), has upgraded Nigeria‘s sovereign wealth fund, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), to 9 points on the SWFI’s 10-point Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud

Kingdom Holding Company and PineBridge Investments Middle East Establish a Joint Venture in Africa

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, and PineBridge Investments Middle East (“PBME”) a global multi-asset-class manager have signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) on 30 June 2014 to establish a joint venture platform (“JV”) to invest in direct private equity opportunities in Africa.