Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes Fifa’s plan for a biennial World Cup is bound to be welcomed by most African countries.

The German coach said Fifa president Gianni Infantino’s plan has triggered enthusiasm in the continent.

“At the moment we have only five nations from this huge continent participating,” former Gabon, Niger, and Burkina Faso national coach said.

To increase Africa’s berths from five to nine, that makes the plan interesting for nations that so far only had minor chances to be around.”

Rohr, 68,  said that African associations are far from the financial level European and American associations can count on.

“For us in Nigeria, we don’t get support from the sports ministry,” he said. The country’s national teams depend on the investments of sponsors and it’s always a tight race for getting new money.

Participating at a World Cup enables many nations to not only cover the expenses of their first team, but the under-23, the under-17, and the women’s teams.

“Looking at it from that point of view, additional money from FIFA is important for many nations,” the Nigerian coach said.

Working for Nigeria and other African nations, Rohr has developed into an African football expert.

But the French-speaking coach isn’t entirely convinced that FIFA’s plan can solve all problems for African football.

“If we play a World Cup every two years it makes things more difficult when it comes to the Africa Cup, which is also played every two years,” Rohr added.

International timetables must consider African concerns, he said.

“I find it difficult to get the players in January and February as many European leagues play through the winter. Clubs, of course, are not happy having to compete without their African players for six weeks,” the German said.

Things will be increasingly challenging to organize, he said.

Concerning the load on players’ shoulders, Rohr said, “The schedule is already packed. There is the Africa Cup in January and in November we have the 2022 World Cup. That leaves not much space for other games.”

Rohr is assuming most coaches working for African nations might oppose FIFA’s plans due to the difficulties for their players. “Coaches always consider their player’s matters.”

“More and more games cause more and more stressful moments. With that come more injuries of the players. We can’t always only see the TV money, we have to pay respect to the player’s health,” Rohr commented.