CAF declares support for Morocco’s 2026 World cup bid

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CAF President Ahmed Ahmad says the continental body is poised to ensure Morocco wins the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The CAF helmsman stated this at the end of the 40th Ordinary General Assembly held in Casablanca.

He revealed that there were many World Cup procedure manuals in relation to the various FIFA reforms, ethical requirements and regulations, which must be respected.

I will act according to the regulations, as the fact of speaking about it is already a support for Morocco. With time, we will see how to manoeuver possible support for the candidature of Morocco for the 2026 World Cup,” he said.

Nothing says that I cannot do it. Already, I am not entitled to vote. For this reason, I am free. The vote to choose the host country of the World Cup is done by show of hands, as stated in the Statutes. So how do you expect countries not to show support, since voting is not done by secret ballot? Maybe the FIFA Congress will revise that.”

On the 2019 AFCON slated for Cameroun, Mr. Ahmad said there was no controversy surrounding the hosting rights.

 There was an inspection mission by the company, Roland Berger, which is in charge of auditing the infrastructure and organizational related issues for the tournament. There is a huge difference between the inspection reports and the specifications. As a result, Cameroon were told to double up. There are people who are lying. I am a man of my word and my Executive Committee hasn’t change one iota of that. We will apply the regulation with all its vigour. The specifications require infrastructure, hotels, stadiums, hospitals and a lot more.”

The CAF President also said plans were on to revive the Afro-Asian Cup, both CAF and AFC reaching an advanced stage of discussion.

On the incidents between the presidents of the Ivorian and Moroccan federations during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifier in Abidjan, Mr. Ahmad said:

For the incidents at the Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan, the case is on. There have been accounts from the various parties as required by the Disciplinary Committee. I cannot tell you now where they are.”