Africa to host 2026 World Cup?

One of Africa’s football powerhouse, Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup has passed crucial evaluation tests from FIFA, paving way for Africans to host another World Cup in 16 years.

By Sports Reporter

The outcome means there will now be a vote at FIFA Congress between Morocco and a joint bid from the USA, Mexico and Canada for the right to host the tournament.

The vote will take place in Moscow on June 13, just a day before the opening game of the Russia 2018 World Cup when the hosts play Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, the FIFA Evaluation Task Force has inspected both bids and visited the countries involved.

There had been concerns that should the Task Force think one of the bids has not satisfied its criteria, it would remove them from the voting process, the report stated.

Both bids claim they can successfully host the tournament in 2026, however, according to Skysports report, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is thought to prefer the combined North American candidacy, largely due to the amount of money a World Cup in the region could generate.

And obviously as it stands, Africans are eagerly waiting to the June 13 outcome, if they can be given another chance to host the prestigious global football tournament twice within 16 years.

The last time Africa had that chance was in 2010 when South Africa hosted the tournament.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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