CAF to support Morocco’s 2030 world cup bid

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Wednesday its endorsement for the candidacy of Morocco to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Spain and Portugal. Morocco officially confirmed its candidacy in March, after 4 individual attempts in the past.

Members of CAF have confirmed their full support for Morocco as an African candidacy during a virtual meeting held via video chaired by the current president Dr. Patrice Motsepe.

The Executive Committee has discussed a number of issues on Wednesday including the preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023, Africa Cup of Nations 2025 and 2027 bidding process, and other matters.

It remains unclear of the position of CAF towards the other African candidate, Egypt. The latter has announced a co-joint bid alongside Greece and Saudi Arabia. However since the historical performance of Morocco in Qatar’s 2022 world cup, Morocco may have gained more African support. Morocco made history in the 2022 World Cup as the first African side to reach the semi-finals, losing to France in the last four and then to Croatia in the third-place play-off. In their quest to the semi-finals, the defeated Portugal in the quarter-finals and Spain in the second round.