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Arabs hope for Morocco to host FIFA 2026 World Cup

Ahead of Russia’s 2018 World Cup, which kick-starts tomorrow, Arab sport fans will be glued to their television sets awaiting for the FIFA vote Wednesday to choose the country that will host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco – the Arab countries favorite – is going against the North America tri-nation hosting bid submitted by the US, Mexico and Canada.

The Moroccans are seeking to host the prestigious football tournament through an ambitious plan that includes the development of infrastructure, transportation, services, and most importantly the construction and refurbishment of some 130 stadiums in their country.

The 93,000-seater grand stadium of Casablanca, in addition to 11 other main venues with an average capacity of around 50,000 spectators are included in the Moroccan file.

The US-Mexico-Canada file offers a variety of sporting venues in the respective host countries with the Americans vouching to host 60 matches while Canada and Mexico are eager to host 10 games.

When focusing only on the US, the tri-nation file member is eager to host the event at various venues in Los Angeles, Texas, and New York. Most of the stadiums have a capacity to hold around 80,000 spectators.

Morocco is eager to become the second African country to host the event after South Africa, which organized the event back in 2010.

In the bid to host the World Cup, the Moroccans are eager to gain votes from the 53-members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), a number of European countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Portugal, as well as the Arab countries in the Asian continent.

The voting process this time around will include 207 members of the FIFA excluding four bidders. Previously, the vote included only 24 members of the FIFA executive committee.

The process will either pick one of the two submitted files or reject both bids and call for new tenders to be offered.

Source: Kuwait News Agency