Amaju Pinnick: Morocco set to bid for 2026 World Cup

Morocco will meet next month’s deadline to bid to host the 2026 World Cup, says leading Confederation of African Football (Caf) official Amaju Pinnick.

Interested countries have until 11 August to submit their bids, with the USA, Canada and Mexico having already expressed an interest in hosting the tournament.

Pinnick told BBC Sport “I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and Caf will support them 100%, I’d be surprised (if Morocco does not put in a bid), but I think they will.”

The North African nation has failed in four previous with the last in 2010 when the tournament was hosted by South Africa as the continent staged the World Cup for first, and only, time in its history.

Fifa’s rotational hosting policy means Africa is one of four confederations that can bid for the 2026 finals as Europe (Russia 2018) and Asia (Qatar 2022) cannot be considered.

Pinnick was in the Moroccan capital Rabat last week for a CAF symposium and subsequent meetings said the hospitality of the people, good network of roads makes them strong contenders.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48, rather than 32, teams after Fifa expanded the tournament earlier this year.

The decision on who will host event will be taken in 2020.

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