FIFA president saddened by Africa
Posted: 5 July 2018 Time: 19:00
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has expressed his dismay that Africa failed to secure a place in the 2018 World Cup knock-out stages.
All five African representatives; Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia - fell at the first round for the first time in 36 years.
It was dubbed as a step backwards by Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba and Infantino further expressed his sadness by the recent showing.
"Of course," Infantino told BBC Sport when asked if he was saddened by Africa's early exit.
"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."