North African nation Morocco has received the blessing from the continental football body Confederation of African Football (Caf) to bid for the hosting rights of the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
According to sources inside the cafe, the executive committee agreed to withdraw Morocco’s joint bid with Spain and Portugal to stage the tournament after a meeting chaired by South African President Patrice Motsepe.
“This happened during the meeting, organized via videoconferencing, during which all members expressed their full support for the Moroccan bid as an African language, as demonstrated by King Mohammed VI during the award ceremony for excellence awarded by the African Union in Rwanda. indicated in the message. capital, Kigali,” said in a media statement.
Morocco is hoping to become the second African country after South Africa to host the prestigious football competition in 2010. However, the country has failed to host the World Cup on the last five occasions.
This time however, Morocco opted to bid adieu to its two European neighbors following the decision of King Mohammed VI.
“I announce to your assembly that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided to present a joint bid together with Spain and Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup,” part of the king’s statement delivered in Kigali by his sports minister Chakib Benmoussa read. last month.
Morocco’s recent good performance in the first World Cup semi-final by an African or Arab team during the Qatar 2022 edition adds spice to their bid.
“Both, President Paul Kagame and His Majesty the King, are leaders who have transformed their countries, who have believed in their people, who have believed in their continent and who believe in a force for good – that football can help.” can give to the people,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino before the FIFA Congress in Kigali last month.
In February, Morocco successfully hosted the FIFA Club World Cup 2022 which was won by the Spanish Real Madrid.
Morocco’s failed WC bids
1994 (Last host: USA)
1998 (Last host: France)
2006 (Last host: Germany)
2010 (Last host: South Africa)
2026 (Last hosts: USA, Mexico and Canada)
Major tournaments hosted by Morocco
1988 African Cup of Nations
1997 African Youth Championship
2018 African Nations Championship
2022 FIFA Club World Cup
2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations