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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game. “The dice has not been cast…Morocco has all the chances,” he said. The North African kingdom has pre-selected 12 cities to host the competitionRead More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) “Africa Forever,” reads the banner over the gate of a jail for young offenders in Casablanca hosting the finals of a football tournament in tandem with the African Nations Championship in Morocco. Abderrahman, a 29-year-old Moroccan serving a 10-year sentence for murder, was one of the players taking part with inmates from a dozen African countries in the mini-tournament. “It’s like a release!” said the tall, well-built defender in the bright red Moroccan shirt. Benacer Bennaissa, the head of social services in Morocco’s penitentiary service, said moreRead More
Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) Morocco is “fully mobilised” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa”, top sports officials said Tuesday. The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee. “We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed. “Our record is and willRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C. The “Atlas Lions” are going back to the tournament for the first time since 1998 after finishing with 12 points, having not conceded a goal during the six-match group campaign. Ivory Coast, who never looked like recovering from the first-half blows,Read More
Rabat (AFP) Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010. “Morocco considers itself capable of organsining a World Cup,” youth and sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami told AFP. “We have the necessary infrastructure in terms of stadiums, transport, hotel capacity and sanitation.” In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint NorthRead More