Infantino: Egypt can host FIFA World Cup

Infantino: Egypt can host FIFA World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the CAF General Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt on 26 November 2021 ©Fareed Kotb/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Dec 20, 2021. 12:00

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Gianni Infantino believes Egypt can host the World Cup finals in the future.

Qatar are set to become the first Arab country to host the global tournament next year and Infantino feels that Egypt have what it takes to stage the event.

South Africa remain the only African country to have hosted the World Cup having done so in 2010.

Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi has previously stated that Egypt are planning on hosting the 2030 World Cup and the 2032 Olympic Games.

“It is possible to hold the World Cup in an Arab country, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt after they succeeded in organizing the AFCON, and Morocco, who submitted a file to host the global event,” Infantino said on King Fut.

“We just have to determine whether the tournament will be held every two years or every four years. Qatar succeeded in organizing the Arab Cup, and we saw that through the eight stadiums that were set up in an area not exceeding 60 kilometers, which will allow the fans to watch four matches in one day.”

Qatar recently hosted the first-ever Fifa Arab World Cup and the tournament was won by African champions Algeria after they defeated their North African rivals Tunisia in the final.

“I received many calls during the Arab Cup demanding that the competition be organized more often, and I support this. Arab countries are eligible to host the World Cup. The Arab public deserves the best,” the Swiss-Italian football administrator continued.

“I think that the Arab Cup imposed itself after millions watched it, especially in the knockout rounds. The tournament succeeded by all standards. The Arab Cup will not conflict with the Asian Cup, the tournament will benefit Asian and African football as well.”

Egypt placed a bid for the 2010 World Cup, but received no votes, coming third to Morocco (10) and South Africa (14).

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