Rabat – Algeria has joined the list of African countries expressing their full support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
Kheireddine Zetchi, president of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) told Algerian TV channel Ennahar that “Algeria will stand with Morocco and help it to clinch the rights to host the World Cup.”
Zetchi added that co-organization of sports events between the two countries is possible, “whether it is football or another sports event.”
The FAF president made his statement on the sidelines of the 40th Ordinary General Assembly, which took place in Casablanca on Friday, February 2.
Zetchi was not the only official who supported Morocco’s bid during the event, Tunisian Minister of Sports and Youth Majdouline Cherni has also expressed her country’s full support for the Moroccan bid. Cherni said that the “time has come for an Arab country to host the World Cup.” The Tunisian official added that Morocco has plenty of advantages to host the World Cup, including infrastructure.
She added that the Maghreb region as a whole has proved its capability to host international events.
The Maghreb will be proud if Morocco clinches the right to host the World Cup, the minister said.
Other supporters of Morocco’s bid include the African Football Confederation executive committee, as well as its President Ahmad Ahmad, who made his support very clear.
On January 25, the Nigerian Minister of Sports and Youth Solomon Dalung also expressed his full support for Morocco’s bid.
“It is a support for Morocco, but also for Africa, which has only organized the World Cup once in nearly 100 years,” the minister said to Maghreb Arab Press.
Dalung highlighted African support as “beneficial” for the two African countries striving to demonstrate a positive image to the world and consolidate their leadership in football. He pointed out that Morocco is “renowned for its stability, hospitality and prosperity.”
Morocco submitted its candidacy to host the tournament on August 11, 2017. The North African country will compete against the tripartite American joint bid.