Rabat – The chairman of Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid committee, Moulay Hafid Elalami and president of Morocco’s Royal Federation Fouzi Lekjaa introduced Morocco’s World Cup candidacy in Amman, Jordan on March 10.
Moroccan newspaper Al Massae reported that Elalamy, who is also Morocco’s Minister of Trade, met with President of the Jordan Football Federation and the Union of West Asian Federations (WAFF).
During their meeting, the minister introduced Morocco’s 2026 Bid, which the Moroccan committee will submit officially to FIFA on March 16, proving its ability to organize massive events like the World Cup.
During the meeting, Elalamy asked for support from Jordan and other countries in the Middle East.
Founded in 2001, WAFF is an association with 12 members:Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and United Arab Emirates.
According to Al Massae, Morocco is looking forward to attracting the Middle Eastern countries, counting on their support to grow its chances of winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
The North African country is also targeting the African continent. Morocco’s bid influence has already attracted the support of some African nations, including Algeria, Tunisia, Botswana, and Nigeria.
Botswana was the most recent African country to join the list of African countries that have voiced their full support for Morocco’s candidacy.
The President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, along with other CAF members have also shown strong and firm support for Morocco’s candidacy since the submission of its bid in August 2017.
Around 221 national soccer federations from around the world will meet in Moscow in June to decide between Morocco and the USA/Canada/Mexico joint bid to host of the 23rd FIFA World Cup. The candidates’ files must meet FIFA’s technical terms, including infrastructure and commercial criteria.