South Africa Backs Morocco's Bid To Host The 2026 World Cup

South Africa Backs Morocco's Bid To Host The 2026 World Cup

The only other bid is a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

In the build-up to this week's visit by the Task Force, whose report will determine whether Morocco will be on the ballot paper on June 13 to take on the heavyweight United 2026 bid visit, the Moroccans criticised the point-scoring system being used to evaluate the two candidates, protesting to Federation Internationale de Football Association about adding last-minute criteria to the bid process without prior warning, a complaint Federation Internationale de Football Association denies.

"Today, the committee is set to receive 5 members from the Task Force as well as others from the Federation Internationale de Football Association administration for a three-day-visit", said the same communiqué.

The North American bid now has 17 of the 104 votes needed to win the hosting rights to the national team tournament, which will be determined at a vote of the Fifa Congress on 13th June in Moscow.

"Morocco is offering.an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa", said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, president of the bid committee, in the statement.

The task force will use a point-scoring system to evaluate the two candidates.

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Morocco will be trying to convince the FIFA experts about its passion for football, relatively compact size and "sweetspot" time zones for broadcasters.

Morocco wants to stage Africa's second World Cup after South Africa hosted in 2010.

The country was second to the U.S. for 1994, behind France for 1998 and just lost out to South Africa for the 2010 finals, the only time the event has been held in Africa.

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

Quoted by SAFA, Bell said "when South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco".

FIFA has 211 member-associations who all hold one vote each at Congress.

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