Morocco has announced readiness to join Spain and Portugal’s joint bid to host the FIFA 2030 World Cup, Sports Minister, Chakib Benmoussa, announced at the CAF President Outstanding Achievement Awards Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.
“With that in mind, I would like to announce, before this assembly, that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” a message from King Mohammed VI, read by Benmoussa, said.
“This joint bid, which is unprecedented in football history, will bring together Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds,” the monarch added. “It will also bring out the best in all of us – in effect, a combination of genius, creativity, experience, and means.”
This move marks Morocco’s sixth attempt to host the competition.
Morocco remains hopeful that the national team’s triumphs at the 2022 World Cup will help the country win the bid.
Last year, the country’s team reached the semi-finals of the tournament, becoming the first African team to do so and establishing itself as a strong player in world football.
The joint bid will face stiff challenge from a joint South America bid of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. With the quartet using the tournament’s 100th anniversary to push for a South America World Cup following Uruguay’s feat as host of the first-ever World Cup in 1930.