Rabat - A high official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that Morocco is ready to host the 2026 World Cup and that the CAF will support the kingdom’s bid.
Rabat – A high official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that Morocco is ready to host the 2026 World Cup and that the CAF will support the kingdom’s bid.
Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and senior CAF official, said he was confident Morocco will submit an application to host 2026 World Cup before the August 11 deadline.
“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100 percent,” Pinnick told BBC Sport. “I’d be surprised [if Morocco does not put in a bid], but I think they will.”
Pinnick praised the kingdom as a country with the potential to become the second African nation to host the most important football competition in the world.
“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,” said Yinnick. “If they want to host the World Cup, CAF will support them 100 percent.”
There is no official confirmation yet regarding Morocco’s intentions to hold the World Cup. Sources close to the Moroccan Football Federation told Morocco World News that the kingdom is serious about making a bid, but that a final decision has not been made yet on whether to apply for 2026 or 2030.
The kingdom has already sent signals concerning its intentions. In a speech to the African Football Symposium held July 18 outside Rabat, King Mohammed VI affirmed that Morocco is ready to host major world events, including the World Cup.
“Morocco is looking forward to the advent of a strong, cooperative, solidarity-based Africa that takes its rightful place in international institutions and forums, be it with regard to decision-making, participation, or the legitimate right to organize world-class sporting events, particularly the World Cup,” said the King.
As BBC Sport noted, Morocco has become a key player in the continental football organization. The kingdom’s hosting of the African Football Symposium, during which major changes were introduced, and the election of the Moroccan Football Federation president as the newly-created third vice-president of CAF, highlighted the kingdom’s mounting influence in the corridors of CAF.
Morocco is also seeking to become a football destination for important football events. Tangier is set to host the French Super Cup between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. In 2013 and 2014 Morocco hosted the Club World Cup.