By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Cameroon Indomitable Lions forward, Patrick Mboma says staging the FIFA World Cup tournament every two years will be extremely demanding and complicated to manage at both the club and national team levels.
Speaking on French station, Canal Plus Sport on Tuesday November 30, the ace striker turned Football Consultant said integrating the format into the already congested global football calendar will be difficult to manage by players, clubs and even national teams.
“… Even if we dedicate an entire year for the World Cup and another year for the Africa Cup of Nations, I don’t know how we will manage to play the qualifiers.” Mboma partly stated.
“I don’t know what we will do to be able to have players rest at a particular moment. Because I’m imagining a Mahrez (Riyad) who plays that way for the next six years without really having a sufficient holiday period. It will be too complicated.” The two time AFCON winning Indomitable Lions forward declared on the French station where he is Football consultant.
Patrick Mboma’s reaction comes days after several intensifying calls by international organs including world football governing body, FIFA calling for a switch from the current World Cup format held after every four years to a new format to entail holding the global football tournament every two years.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has been the biggest figure pushing for the switch.
His call has led to a few countries validating the format with Africa as a continent controversially being in favour of the demanded format.
African football governing body, CAF, late last month, unanimously voted for the biennial system of the FIFA World Cup during the structure’s General Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt last week.
The biennial World Cup format has raised controversies due to the congested football calendar that has seen numerous footballers, especially foreign based African players missing out on several competitions.
Major football tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations have had issues in the current calendar with most African players playing in top European leagues facing difficulties choosing between national teams and clubs.
The same scenario has been experienced during other competitions like the FIFA Club World Cup slightly clashing with the AFCON tournaments like it will be the case with the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup competition coming up early next year.
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