A 2022 World Cup semi-finalist, Morocco has joined Spain and Portugal to submit a bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup tournament.
The North Africans have lost several bids in time past to host the top global football tournament.
They, however, came close to becoming the host of the World Cup in 2010 but lost the race to South Africa which became the first African country to host it.
“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,” Morocco’s King, Mohammed VI said in a letter read by the country’s minister of sports, Chakib Benmoussa at FIFA’s Congress in Kigali, Rwanda last week.
“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,” the letter said.
Morocco will now replace Ukraine, which was supposed to join Portugal and Spain to submit a bid.