Wednesday Mar 15, 2023. 11:03
Morocco have divulged that they joined Spain and Portugal in a three-way bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
The North African country’s national team was the surprise package of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as they became the first African side to reach the semi-finals.
The Atlas Lions were defeated by then-World champions France in the semi-finals and they ended up finishing fourth in the global tournament.
Morocco’s minister of sport Chakib Benmoussa read a letter from the North African country’s King Mohammed VI which had details of the joint-bid.
“I would like to announce that the Kingdom of Morocco has decided, together with Spain and Portugal, to present a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” Benmoussa said according to BBC Africa.
“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.
“It will also bring out the best in all of us – in effect a combination of genius, creativity, experience and means.”
Morocco, who missed out to South Africa in the race to host the 2010 World Cup, have some of the best football facilities in the world.
Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay have also submitted a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.