South Africa backs Morocco for 2026 World Cup

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco "unqualified support" in its drive to host the 2026 World Cup in a contest against a combined North American bid.

Morocco are hoping to stage the 23rd edition of the World Cup, and face competition from a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.

The visit of the Evaluation Task Force comes after Morocco 2026 openly criticised Federation Internationale de Football Association, claiming the organisation had changed the scoring system just 24 hours before they officially submitted their attempt.

"Morocco is offering FIFA and the global football family an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa".

He added that the visit would "strive to convey the vision of a humble, passionate, determined bid, but above all a professional and solid one".

Morocco&rsquo bidding plays greatly on the country's enthusiasm for soccer and its own fan civilization, because of its proximity to both Europe, its compact size along with environment.


Morocco has already made four unsuccessful bids to host the tournaments for 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, although it was close on three occasions.

The country had been next towards the U.S.to get 1994, behind France to get 1998 and only lost outside to South Africa to its 2010 finals, that the single time that the big event was held in Africa.

"As we know that SAFA president Danny Jordaan was the CEO of our World Cup bid and that the Moroccan delegation saw it as a need to talk to him and exchange ideas".

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument", he said. The South African soccer federation has promised Morocco "unqualified support" in its bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

A FIFA Congress will be held in Moscow, Russia on June 13 to decide the host nation of the first World Cup that will feature 48 countries.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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