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Morocco submits bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Morocco will meet next month’s deadline to bid to host the 2026 World Cup, says  CAF   official Amaju Pinnick.

Interested countries have until  August  11 to submit their bids, with the USA, Canada and Mexico having already expressed an interest.

“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100 per cent,” Pinnick told BBC Sport.

“I’d be surprised (if Morocco does not put in a bid), but I think they will.”

The North African nation failed in four previous World Cup bids – in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

The 2010 tournament was hosted by South Africa as the continent staged the World Cup for first and only time in its history.

FIFA’s rotational hosting policy means Africa is one of four confederations that can bid for the 2026 finals as Europe (Russia 2018) and Asia (Qatar 2022) cannot be considered.

Pinnick was in the Moroccan capital Rabat last week for a CAF symposium and subsequent meetings.

“It’s a country that can host the world. They are very hospitable people, there is a good network of roads and have practically everything,” the Nigeria Football Federation president added.

Morocco is becoming a key player in the corridors of African football, having heavily lobbied for Madagascar’s Ahmad to become CAF  president in March prior to hosting the Caf symposium where sweeping changes were made to the continent’s football.

Last week, a newly created third vice-present role in CAF  went to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation president Faouzi Lekjaa.

“Morocco has leaders right now who are eager and excited about developing the game, not just in Africa,” Pinnick added.

Source: ( BBC Sports )

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