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Federation Internationale de Football Association task force arrives to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

Federation Internationale de Football Association task force arrives to inspect 2026 candidate Morocco

South Africa voiced on Monday its backing to Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco's bid to stage the 2026 World Cup has reached its most crucial phase to date with the arrival of FIFA's evaluation panel for a three-day visit that could make or break the north African country's chances.

The five member team would be visiting staduim, training facilities, fan sites and media centres.to inspect these facilities to be sure they are up to standard. The Football Federation of South Africa has joined the list of the global countries expressing their willingness to vote for the African bid on June 13.

"The World Cup in Morocco would not only be a source of pride but also a great catalyst for development."The only other bid is a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada".

Morocco are making their fifth bid to host the tournament.




The president of the South African Federation of Football (SAFA), Danny Jordaan, promised Morocco's bid committee that he will "personally lobby" Africa's football leaders before the vote.

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument", he said.

The announcement was made after a meeting between Jordaan and a delegation representing the Moroccan bid comprised of ambassadors former Senegal and Liverpool striker, El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper, Joseph-Antoine Bell.

"South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit".

FIFA has 211 member associations who all hold one vote at Congress, although FAs can not vote on World Cup hosting if they are part of a bid or if they are suspended from FIFA at the time.