Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

On Monday, the South African federation said Jordaan had assured a visiting Morocco bid delegation that he would "personally lobby" African officials ahead of the scheduled vote in Moscow on June 13.

"Morocco is providing... an advanced and streamlined notion to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a durable legacy in Morocco and Africa", mentioned Moulay Hafid Elalamy, president of the bidding committee, in the statement.

"South Africa is the only African country to have successfully bid and hosted a World Cup and Morocco want to emulate that success".

He added that the visit would "strive to convey the vision of a humble, passionate, determined bid, but above all a professional and solid one".

Although diplomatic relations between the two African countries, namely South Africa and the Kingdom of Morocco, have slipped into a gradual process of deterioration throughout the years, Pretoria promised Morocco "unqualified support" in its bid to organize the tournament.

The country was second to the US for 1994, behind France for 1998 and just lost out to South Africa for the 2010 finals.

Some of FIFA's national associations have already publicly stated who they will vote for and Morocco received South Africa's backing on Monday.

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

"Friendship and fraternity have been very detrimental to the Saudis...what really matters to me is that the 2026 World Cup needs to be hosted in the best conditions", the Saudi said in mid-March, tacitly suggesting that United '26 was the Saudi federation's choice. That this why they have reached out to Dr Jordaan who was an important member of South Africa's World Cup bid delegation as well as the Local Organising Committee.

In order to win, the North African nation will need to convince the 207 member associations in FIFA of its capabilities and assets in the face of the joint North American bid.

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