Trump gets behind 2026 World Cup bid

Blanche Robertson
May 5, 2018

SAFA's change of heart follows US President Donald Trump's recent tweet, which threatened countries supporting the Moroccan bid.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first-ever hosted by Russia, will be held between June 14 and July 15, in 11 Russian cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. During a press conference on Monday, the president spoke about the support that he hopes to have from all African nations and nations throughout the world.

Caf's move to thwart any potential distractions on the road to Russian Federation throws deep into spotlight African teams who would be bidding to at least reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever. "We are being respected again", he said. Morocco has never hosted the tournament but has been the host of other FIFA competitions such as the FIFA Club World Cup.

"It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the USA bid".

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Jordaan also promised the Moroccan bid that he will be personally engaged in attracting support from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).

Trump's comments however risk incurring the wrath of FIFA, which has strict guidelines forbidding government intervention in football matters.

African football federations are playing their cards close to the vest about who they will back to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, in reaction to United States president Donald Trump's request that Africa supports the American bid.

"During a global journey that began on January 22, 2018, the FIFA World Cup Trophy visited 51 countries across six continents and gave over 330,000 football fans around the world a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Original Trophy up close", FIFA said in a statement.

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