Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup received a boost today as FIFA gave it the green light in an inspection, despite revealing three “high risk” areas of the bid.
A joint bid from USA, Canada and Mexico seemed to be in pole position, but the North African country have given the deciding board something to think about when the vote starts on the 13th June.
Morocco will still be seen as underdogs though after scoring 2.7 out of five in the inspection, while the joint bid received a four out of five in an earlier inspection.
One of the main points of contention for the African country is that out of 14 stadiums submitted in the bid, nine still have to be built while the over five are said to be needing severe re-development and renovation.
Accomodation and transport will also need upgrading for Morocco to be given the host nation status, but passing the inspection is a lift for the bid which many expected to fall at this hurdle.