Patrice Beaumelle was named Ivory Coast coach in March 2020
Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle says world governing body Fifa is “killing African football” by giving the continent just five places at the World Cup.
Beaumelles Elephants will then no longer be able to reach the 2022 tournament in Qatar 0: 1 lost in Cameroon on Tuesday and finished second in their group.
Africa’s 54 qualifiers will be reduced to just five places in the 32-team tournament, while Europe has 13 guaranteed places out of 55 and South America has four out of 10.
“It’s a shame because strong teams like mine will stay at home,” said Frenchman Beaumelle.
“I’ve been in Africa since 2008 and have played in many World Cup qualifiers. I want to speak to Fifa because when you see that we have 54 associations and only five can make it to a World Cup, it’s a disaster.
“I don’t criticize other continents. But they (Fifa) are killing African football.
“It’s a shame to have great players who are the pride of the European Championship and are not going to a World Cup now.”
However, the World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams from 2026 when the tournament is played in Canada, Mexico and the USA.
Like all other continental confederations, Africa will get additional places in the expanded tournament.
Africa is expected to have nine guaranteed places, while an intercontinental play-off tournament will decide the last two places.
Meanwhile, Fifa has headed global development Arsene Wenger suggested that the World Cup be held every two years Increase participation.
African teams are “exhausted” by qualification
A team from Ivory Coast led by Villarreal defender Serge Aurier and Ajax striker Sebastien Haller included were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon in Douala and left the World Cup qualifying
Ivory Coast competed in three consecutive world championships from 2006 to 2014 but has now missed consecutive tournaments.
South Africa, qualifying games in 1998 and 2002 and then hosts in 2010, will also be absent from Qatar.
In the meantime, Cameroon and the other nine group winners will be in the play-offs next March to determine the five representatives from Africa.
“Cameroon have qualified for the play-offs but it is not guaranteed [to go] about the World Cup, “added Beaumelle.
“African teams are exhausted before they come to a World Cup because these qualifying matches exhaust us.
“Five countries out of 54 are not even 9%. That’s a shame. Even if my team had won, I would still address this situation.”
Africa is still waiting for its first semi-finalist at a World Cup after Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) were all eliminated from the bottom eight.