Pinnick: We will back Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid

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Nigeria Football Federation President and Confederation of African Football (CAF) official Amaju Melvin Pinnick is confident Morocco will meet next month’s deadline to bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco who hosted the FIFA World Club Cup in 2012 has failed in four previous World Cup bids – in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Africa last hosted the tournament in 2010 in South Africa and world football governing body’s rotational 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.

Speaking to BBC on Wednesday, Pinnick said: “I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100%,”

“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 seriously pushing to host a major tournament soon in order to convince the rest of the world about their readiness.

Apart from being on standby for the AFCON 2019 originally slated for Cameron, the country will host the French Super Cup – between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

The 2026 world cup will be the first time countries taking part in the competition will be increased to 48 instead of 32 and the final decision on who will host the event will be taken in 2020.

 

Information from the bbc.com was used in this report.

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