Africa will have three slots in the newly expanded Fifa Club World Cup, where the winner stands to earn in excess of $160 million.

The tournament will for the first time feature 24 teams with the winner set to receive $115 million prize money in addition to the $50 million appearance fee.

The tournament will be hosted by China in December 2021.

The three Africa’s representatives will join 2.5 (the half spot will be contested with Oceania) from Asia, three from North America while South America will have six teams. China, being the host nation will send the national champions while Europe will receive the most spots: eight.

They will include the last four Champions League winners led by holders, Liverpool (2019), Real Madrid (2018) and the champions from 2020 as well as 2021—plus the four highest-ranked teams in the Uefa club ranking.

The German champions Bayern Munich, who are currently ranked third in the Uefa club ranking, Barcelona(second) might also make it now that Madrid are already qualified; as well as Atlético Madrid, who are presently even on points with Bayern, and fifth-placed Juventus.

Africa, though, is yet to submit its list, it is however expected that familiar names like Egyptian giants Ah Ahly, who stormed the CAF Champions League final, will lead the group, even though CAF is yet to spell out the qualification criteria.

Source: sportsnews.africa