Rumors are running wild that Morocco might bid for CAN 2025 after declining to bid for the 2019 football tournament.
Rabat – Several news outlets have speculated that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will announce the country’s intent to compete for the hosting rights of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).
While some quoted sources from the Moroccan government saying that Morocco will compete for CAN 2025, others quoted sources from FRMF emphasizing that Morocco is not interested in bidding for the African tournament.
The same scenario played out when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights for the 2019 CAN, due to lack of infrastructure, in November 2018. Several sports experts predicted that Morocco would take over, suggesting that the North African country might be CAF’s preference if it decided to bid.
Moroccan officials, however, denied that Morocco wanted to take over hosting CAN. When CAF opened bids for the tournament, Morocco shocked all when it did not show interest in hosting the tournament.
South Africa and Egypt both competed, and Egypt won the hosting rights. South Africa was not satisfied with the decision, claiming that CAF held the poll 24 hours earlier than expected without informing its delegation of the change.
A South African official also implied that Morocco had lobbied against it in favor of the Egyptian bid.
Morocco is now mobilizing its assets to clinch the hosting rights of the 2030 World Cup tournament after six failed attempts to host.
Morocco’s chances, however, may increase because Spain is interested in a cross-confederation bid with Morocco and Portugal. The possible joint bid is expected to be one of the topics that FRMF will discuss during the ongoing FIFA executive summit in Marrakech January 15-17.
The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, arrived in Marrakech to participate in the event.