Rabat - Saad Abid is serious about his #Maymkench2026 challenge. After meeting football superstars Iniesta, Eto’o, and Messi, the Moroccan football fan has flown to Las Vegas to secure Gad El Maleh’s endorsement for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
Rabat – Saad Abid is serious about his #Maymkench2026 challenge. After meeting football superstars Iniesta, Eto’o, and Messi, the Moroccan football fan has flown to Las Vegas to secure Gad El Maleh’s endorsement for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
For his challenge of “meeting 26 celebrities in 26 days in 26 countries,” Abid is traveling with a half-deflated balloon–representing “Moroccans’ state of mind”–and wants to inflate Moroccans’ hopes and the balloon with the breath of the personalities he will meet to promote Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
French-Moroccan comedian Gad Elmaleh was the first Moroccan celebrity to donate his “breath.” “Faithful to himself and his attachment to Morocco, Gad Elmaleh is the fifth celebrity to join the #Maymkench2026 Challenge!”Saad Abid wrote on his Facebook page, sharing the video of his meeting with Elmaleh.
The meeting, organized in Las Vegas by HitRadio host Momo, was an opportunity for Abid to introduce the funny side of his challenge.
Abid had a very interesting chat with the humorist, who was preparing for his show at Comedy Cellar.
The comedian, who spoke in a mixture of English, Arabic, and French, expressed his pride as a Moroccan and of being a part of Abid’s crazy journey, saying that he will “always be there for his country.”
Elmaleh signed the balloon and nominated Zinedine Zidane for the initiative.
For the 6th day of his challenge, Abid was also supposed to meet Moroccan producer RedOne in Los Angeles, but he has not yet posted the video.
Through his promotional campaign, Abid hopes to rally “symbolic but not official” international support for Morocco in order to give more weight to its candidacy.