Federation Internationale de Football Association task force arrives to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

South Africa backs Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup./Ph. DR

South Africa backs Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup./Ph. DR

Federation Internationale de Football Association congress would be making it final decision concerning the host of the World Cup of 2026 on the 13th of June this year.

Commenting on the long-awaited visit, president of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy stated that "Morocco is offering.an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa".

The five-member FIFA Task Force, supported by an influential back-up team of officials, were beginning their inspection today with a visit to stadiums, training centres, proposed fan fest sites and other key venues having already visited the USA, Canada and Mexico who are jointly bidding against Morocco.

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

He added that the visit would "strive to convey the vision of a humble, passionate, determined bid, but above all a professional and solid one". The country has already made four unsuccessful bids to host the tournament in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 when it just lost out to South Africa.

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In a statement posted on the website of the South African Football Association (SAFA), SAFA President Danny Jordaan said that his country will give the North Africans "the unqualified support to get another World Cup on the African continent in 2026".

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

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