2030 World Cup Host; Morrocco bid against Spain, Portugal
As countries bid for 2030 world cup host, Morocco have also officially announced they will team up with Spain and Portugal to bid for the 2030 Fifa World Cup .
King of Morocco Mohammed VI announced on Tuesday through minister of sports and education Chakib Benmoussa in Kigali.
Also president were Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who was presented with the CAF president outstanding achievement award by CAF boss Patrice Motsepe, as well as Fifa President Gianni Infantino.
Several confederation heads, federation presidents from the 54 CAF member associations and CAF Executive Committee members were also in attendance.
Several coutries have given to 2030 world cup host request. “I would like to announce, before this assembly, that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” read part of Benmoussa’s statement delivered at the Serena Hotel, Kigali.
“The joint bid, which is unprecedented in football history, will bring together Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds. It will also bring out the best in all of us — in effect, a combination of genius, creativity, experience and means.”
Morocco, Spain and Portugal will face competition from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay who are set to present one South American bid. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Greece are also said to be interested with an official bid world cup host expected soon.
If successful, it will be the second time the Fifa World Cup returns to Africa after South Africa successfully hosted the tournament in 2010.
Morocco stunned the world at the tournament in Qatar last year when it became the first Arab and African side to reach the semifinals where they lost to France. Morocco eventually finished fourth behind Croatia.
In February this year, Morocco hosted FIFA’s Club World Cup.
Motsepe welcomed and encouraged the decision by Morocco.
“I’m very excited and I encourage Morocco. I’m also aware that Egypt have indicated that they are going to submit a bid. My job is to keep Africa united and to make sure we work together as a continent and use all of our votes for the success of the African continent,” said Motsepe.
“We are going to sit down as CAF Exco and look at all these proposals and bids. We don’t just support them, we encourage them but we don’t want the vote of Africa to be divided since this will minimise our chances of success. We will sit down and make an announcement in due course and make sure Africa succeeds.”
Atlas Lions’ coach Walid Regrarui, who guided the African sideto the Fifa World Cup semifinals for the first time in history, was confident Morocco can stage the global showpiece in 2030.
“I want to say thank you to the King of Morocco. We can organise the best World Cup, inshallah,” said Regrargui.
The 2030 World Cup host bid winner will be announced at the 2024 Fifa Congress.
The 2030 World Cup hosts are expected to be picked in September 2024. The co-hosting bids from South America and Europe have been the expected favourites.
The inaugural 1930 World Cup host, Uruguay, is part of a centenary bid with Argentina, Chile and Paraguay.The World Cup has had joint hosts before.
The 2026 World Cup will expand from 32 teams to 48 and, under the format FIFA announced on Tuesday, will stretch to 104 matches, up from 64 in Qatar last year.
Morocco’s inclusion will apparently replace Ukraine in the three-nation bid, which had said it would join Spain and Portugal in a joint effort in October.
The renewed alliance for for world cup host now means there will be two transcontinental bids, with the other being between Greece, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile are also jointly bidding to host the competition across South America.