On the eve of 2018 African Nations Championship, which will kick off in Morocco today, CAF top official reiterated his “unwavering support” for Morocco’s bid to host the world tournament in 2026.
In a press conference held in Casablanca, Ahmad said “There is no room for discussions. AS CAF president, is an obligation for me to support Morocco’s bid.”
CAF president added that it is unfortunate that “ a continent with an impressive football history hosted the world cup only once throughout history.” The only African country, which won the right to host FIFA’s World Cup was South Africa. The southernmost African country was a host for the tournament in 2010.
Morocco submitted its candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup on August 11, 2017. A few days later, Ahmad called on heads of football confederation in Africa to show support for Morocco’s bid. CAF president said that it is a must for Africans to show “clear” and “massive” support for Morocco as it is determined to become the second African country to host the football event.
“Ahmad Ahmad, takes note of this decision and calls on all the African national associations to join their forces for a frank and massive support for this candidature”.
Ahmad revealed that presidents of six regional unions have already pledged support for Morocco’s bid.
The bid for 2026 is going to be the fifth for Morocco, after 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.
Morocco’s will be competing with common candidature of US-Mexico and CANADA.
Earlier this month, Fouzi Lekjaa, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation and 3rd vice president of CAF emphasized that Morocco has the potential to beat the North American bid.