Rabat – President of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad continues to promote Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, publicly calling on European football federations to vote for Morocco’s bid.
In an interview with French news agency AFP, Ahmad said that CAF told “Europe to vote for us” referring to an African bid, so “we can vote for you next time. It is clear, it is democracy.”
Ahmad also explained that a Moroccan bid serves the interest of Europe.
“Time zones, distance, fans, it is a question of interest for Europe,” adding that Europeans “do not need a visa” to travel to Morocco.
“For all that, it is estimated that Europe must vote for Morocco,” Ahmad concluded.
Morocco’s bid has already secured vote pledges from several European countries, including Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Russia, and Serbia.
The Moroccan bid “raises hope for many young Africans, we must strengthen this hope for a youth in imbalance, in permanent questioning about their future. With a World Cup in Africa this youth can feed on hope,” Ahmad added.
Morocco’s bid has garnered the support of many African and Middle Eastern countries hoping for a World Cup on the continent, including Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Botswana, Nigeria, Qatar, Palestine, and Saint Lucia.
Morocco is determined to clinch more international support to win the right to host the World Cup.
Ahmad is not the only CAF official who has supported Morocco’s bid. CAF’s first vice president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, said that Morocco has honored Africa throughout the month-long CHAN.
According to Nyantakyi, the success of 2018 CHAN is proof that Morocco can organize major football events, referring to the 2026 World Cup. Morocco’s effort to secure the World Cup is, he added, “the project of an entire continent.”
Around 221 national soccer federations from around the world will meet in Moscow in June to choose between Morocco and the USA/Canada/Mexico joint bid for hosting rights of the 23rd FIFA World Cup.
The candidates will be judged based on several criteria, including FIFA’s technical terms, such as infrastructure and commercial capacity.