Morocco:Launches Bid to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco has launched its campaign to host the 2026 World Cup in Casablanca.

If successful, it will become the second African nation to host the tournament, after South Africa in 2010.

Bidding for their fifth finals, the Moroccans are up against a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

“Morocco 2026 will showcase the best of football, at the heart of the world,” said bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

The decision on who will host the event will be made on 13 June, the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.

“We promise to stage a tournament overflowing with real passion and to celebrate the values of unity and peace,” Mr Elalamy added.

“A World Cup in Morocco will deliver commercial success and leave a long-lasting legacy and if we win the honour of hosting we believe the winners will be football, the young people of our nation, Africa and the world.”

No details were given about the host cities, with the vote to determine the host less than five months away.

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


By Africafrique and agencies

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