Morocco has not given up the ambition to host the 2026 World Cup as plans are underway by the country to launch a bid to beat the FIFA deadline.
This was confirmed by Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and member of the CAF Executive Committee.
Pinnick said has that Morocco will receive CAF’s backing as they enter the bidding process, looking to become Africa’s second World Cup hosts.
“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100%,” Pinnick began. “I’d be surprised (if they don’t submit a bid), but I think they will.
“It’s a country that can host the world,” the NFF president continued. “They are very hospitable people, there is a good network of roads and have practically everything.
“If they want to host the World Cup, CAF will support them 100%.”
Morocco has already bided for four previous World Cups – in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 – and to date, South Africa is the only one of the continent’s nations to host the world football showpiece, when they held the event in 2010.
Morocco’s only confirmed rivals for the tournament at the moment are Canada, Mexico and the United States, who launched a joint bid to host the tournament in April. Should the CONCACAF federations succeed.
Colombia is also been rumoured to be considering a bid for the 2026 event, which is set to be the first to feature 48 teams.
The tournament must be staged in one of only four confederations, with Europe and Asia excluded from the bidding due to FIFA’s rotational hosting policy.