Morocco to bid for 2026 World Cup
AFP - Sat, Aug 12th 2017 12:00 AM
Morocco to bid for 2026 World Cup
RABAT: Morocco’s football federation FRMF announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy, having come up short in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.
In April, the US, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.
If successful, Morocco would become only the second African country to host football’s flagship event following South Africa in 2010.
The North Africans have received backing from African federation CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, who said he was “convinced” the country is ready to host a World Cup.
The 2026 tournament will be the first with an expanded 48-team tournament, up from the current 32 qualifiers.
Morocco had won the right to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, but pulled out at the 11th hour over concerns related to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the time.
But the country has embarked on a professionalization drive to improve its football infrastructure while increasing its candidacies for various tournaments in order to improve its chances of landing a much-coveted World Cup.
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