Federation Internationale de Football Association to begin Morocco World Cup inspection

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

Morocco's bid to stage the 2026 World Cup has reached its most crucial phase to date with the arrival of FIFA's evaluation panel for a three-day visit that could make or break the north African country's chances.

The Football Federation of South Africa has joined the list of the worldwide countries expressing their willingness to vote for the African bid on June 13.

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument".

Joseph-Antoine Bell, a former Cameroonian worldwide football goalkeeper, has also endorsed Morocco's bid, emphasizing that Morocco has all the assets to organize a spectacular tournament.

Federation Internationale de Football Association disallowed countries from Europe and Asia to bid for hosting right to the world cup, with the intention to spread the hosting rights for the World Cup more evenly across the globe - this year's World Cup will be in Russia with the next one in 2022 in Qatar.

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The Moroccan foreign minister said following the 29th Arab Summit, held in the Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday, that it "unanimously affirmed its support for Morocco's bid to host the 2016 FIFA World Cup and called on all States to provide full and unwavering support to this bid".

"South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit".

'This announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United Bid was honoured to receive in March, ' United 2026 wrote in a statement.

"When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco".

Morocco enjoys strong support from African and Arab nations as well as wide backing from European countries.

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