Morocco chal­lenges North Amer­ica with 2026 World Cup bid

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

North Amer­ica has a late chal­lenge from North Africa in the con­test to host the 2026 World Cup. Morocco will also bid for the tour­na­ment, with its an­nounce­ment com­ing on FIFA’s dead­line day on Fri­day.

Morocco’s last-minute move takes on the joint bid be­tween the United States, Canada, and Mex­ico. Morocco for­mally launched its bid and sent rel­e­vant doc­u­ments to FIFA, the Royal Moroc­can Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion said in a brief two-sen­tence state­ment.

It’s the North African king­dom’s fifth at­tempt at host­ing the World Cup.

The United States, Canada, and Mex­ico launched their joint bid in April and hoped to be awarded the World Cup un­chal­lenged, with no other bids seem­ingly on the hori­zon. But FIFA de­cided to keep the con­test open, and Morocco made the dead­line _ just.

“We’ve al­ways been pre­pared for the fact that other coun­tries could also de­cide to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,’’ said U.S. Soc­cer pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati, chair­man of the joint North Amer­i­can bid. “Com­pe­ti­tion is good.’’

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