Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.
“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.
An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”
With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.
After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.
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