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FIFA Task-force arrives to inspect 20-26 Applicant Morocco

16 April 2018

The Moroccan Football Association (FRMF) accused FIFA of introducing late changes to the eligibility criteria for hosting the 2026 World Cup, saying Morocco "cannot accept that FIFA introduced substantial differences at a critical late stage in the proceedings".

North American bid leaders targeted the 14-member southern African soccer body COSAFA at a February meeting in Johannesburg.

On April 3, the chairman of the Saudi general Sports Authority (GSA) Turki Al Sheikh met with Carlos Cordeiro, President of the United States Soccer Federation, to express Saudi Arabia's country's endorsement of the joint American bid.

The task force will use a point-scoring system to evaluate the two candidates and a bid which does not meet a minimum score on a number of different points will be disqualified before the final vote in Russian Federation.

The North African nation's concerns were also communicated officially to Federation Internationale de Football Association, in a letter recently.

"Morocco is innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa", said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, president of the bid committee, in the statement.

The FIFA Evaluation Task Force recently concluded an inspection of the United 2026 bid, where they visited Mexico City, Atlanta, Toronto, New York and New Jersey.

"Throughout the week the Bid Committee teams will strive to convey the vision of a humble, passionate, determined bid, but above all a professional and solid one".

So far, Morocco has secured the backing of the bulk of the members of the African football federation, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Russia, Serbia and after the support of Arab States, Muslim countries are also expected to vote for Morocco. "They will be spending a week in South Africa".

FIFA Task-force arrives to inspect 20-26 Applicant Morocco