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first_imgBy Mark GleesonJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Africa will be looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup, the continent’s football association presidents have told soccer’s world governing body FIFA.Africa wants at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup that FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed from 2026 as the continent gave a ringing endorsement to the expansion plans.“All associations back the idea to expand the World Cup and there is the hope that Africa can have 10 places in future,” South African FA chief Danny Jordaan said yesterday.That would be double the five places the continent has at the next two finals in Russia next year and Qatar in 2022.Europe is seeking a minimum of 16 places, up from 13, and wants its sides to be separated in the 16 opening round groups of three teams, with the top two advancing to a 32-team knockout phase under plans approved by FIFA last month.Asia is expected to get eight to nine places, compared to 4-1/2 now, and South America, which has 10 member countries, a total of six, also up from 4-1/2.The CONCACAF region, made up of the Caribbean, Central and North American countries, would get 6-1/2 places, compared to 3-1/2, with Oceania, the small Pacific Islands confederation, having one automatic place at the finals instead of 1/2.Inter-continental playoffs between countries with 1/2 a place would determine the additional spots at the finals.The final allocation of places must be passed by the FIFA Council.THREE-DAY SUMMITThe subject of the expanded World Cup featured prominently at a three-day summit between FIFA chief Infantino and more than 50 presidents of the African FAs.The talks were behind closed doors but FIFA officials told Reuters yesterday that Infantino had outlined plans for an expanded World Cup and new development assistance for member countries.It is the first time a summit of this type has been held, giving Africa’s FA representatives informal contact with the FIFA leadership, including the world governing body’s recently appointed general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura.“It has been a very good idea and a chance for the associations to also speak directly to the FIFA leadership about their issues and concerns,” said Ahmad, the president of the Madagascar Football Federation.Ahmad, who uses just one name, is running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football against long-standing incumbent Issa Hayatou of Cameroon next month.The summit comes three weeks before the CAF elections in Addis Ababa on March 16 and the FIFA event in Johannesburg has been dominated by intense lobbying, delegates said.“Most of the business at this summit is actually outside of the conference room, in the corridors and the hotel lobby, as different candidates try to persuade associations to vote for them,” said one African FA chief, who asked not to be named.last_img read more

first_imgHealthy Walks Group: The Healthy walks group continues to every Wednesday Morning from the CPI Centre at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along. We are also starting a on Saturday mornings starting this Saturday 24th Leaving the CPI Centre at 11:00am. Everyone is Welcome. Castlefinn Community Alert Scheme: A meeting will take place in the CPI Centre on Tuesday 4th December at 8:00pm to launch the local community alert scheme. Superintendent Vincent O Brien and Crime Prevention Officer Paul Wallace in association with local Gardaí will be in attendance on the night to give a talk on keeping safe and secure in winter. Everyone is welcome along to the talk and if you would like to get involved in the scheme we would also love to see you on the night. Refreshments will be served. For further details please contact Corina in the CPI Centre on 074 – 9143976/ 0873289170.  Whist: Ladies. 1st Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford with 182, 2nd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn with 170 and 3rd John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg with 168. Gents: 1st Joe Corry, Castlederg with 171, 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford with 168 and 3rd Malachy Browne, Raphoe with 167. 1st Half, Willie Meehan, Castlefinn with 87. 2nd Half Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn with 87. Snowball next week is €110 for €182 or better. Big Whist Drive Wednesday 28th November at 8:00pm. Scorecards €10. Supper will be served. Castlefinn & Districts History Club will present their very popular photographic Display in St. Marys hall Castlefinn on this weekend Sat. 24th. & Sun. 25th. Nov. from 12noon to 4pm. With up to 1000 old photos of people, places and events on display plus a list of new photos not previously displayed, there will be something of interest to all attending. We always welcome additional photos which can be displayed for the interest of the local community. Please come along and enjoy. Our new website is now up and running and can be viewed at www.castlefinn&districtshistoryclub.weebly.com  Robert Emmet’s: weekly bingo continues on Fri. Night with a prize fund of €2700.Our Monster Christmas Bazaar takes place this year in St. Mary’s Hall on Sun 2nd. Dec. commencing at 7-30pm. St. Vincent de Paul: Christmas is coming and Winter is well on its way. We at St. Vincent de Paul realise that this can be a very difficult time for families and for the elderly. Sadly, as the economic depression continues, for the first time in their lives many people are finding themselves caught up in a “poverty trap”. We would advise people not to approach Money-Lenders to bridge the gap in their budget. This results in borrowing money at exorbitant rates of interest and adds more pressure to families after Christmas. We help people from all walks of life. We provide practical help to those in need like the elderly, lonely and deprived. We are a place to turn to where people can find a confidential and non-judgemental listening ear. St. Vincent de Paul would like to reach out to anyone who may be struggling this year and encourage approaching us to see if we can help in any way. Please call into our office or lift the phone on 074-9146726 where you will be treated in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFIN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more