France set to back Morocco for 2026 WC

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 22, 2018

Elalamy confirmed that the outcome of the visit by the Evaluation Task Force "was positive and its members were satisfied with the explanations given to them". It previously visited four sites from the rival North American bid earler in April.

After expressing admiration for Morocco's bid, the task force informed the chairman of the Moroccan bid committee of the desire by Federation Internationale de Football Association technical experts for another site visit in order to hold talks "about possible solutions for accommodation and stadiums".

"FIFA's Inspection Committee has been impressed with the infrastructure of his country and the planned projects in order to be able to host the World Cup", said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, head of the committee responsible for Morocco's bid to host the 2026 football World Cup.

Morocco is the only alternative to a united bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament.

Elalamy, though, claimed he had been told by members of the FIFA Task Force that they had expressed their total "willingness to support the efforts" of both the Moroccan and the United bids.

"FIFA are visiting Morocco this week to check if the pitches are ready and whether, on a technical level, Morocco can be a candidate".

Regarding the observations of Task Force, which were directed to the committee responsible for the nomination of Morocco file, Elalamy asserted that "the Committee's criticisms are about the stadiums to host the World Cup, which contain track and field athletics arenas".

Morocco will compete for the World Cup, along with a joint US, Canadian and Mexican file.

Every FIFA Member Association, aside from the bidding countries, will be able to cast their vote at the Congress in Moscow on June 13, the eve of the start of this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Morocco is today a very developed country and it has, in my opinion, all the qualities to do it".

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