6/13/2018 12:53:28 AM (GMT+3)

Can Morocco pull it off against North America's joint 2026 World Cup bid?

Can Morocco pull it off against North America

DOHA: France World Cup-winner David Trezeguet said that Morocco has everything to produce very compact World Cup.

The North African nation will have to wait and watch if they can beat the joint bidders USA, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup as FIFA votes on Wednesday.

“Morocco has everything to organise a very beautiful World Cup. I hope the country will have this opportunity,” said Trezeguet, who won the title with Les Bleus in 1998.

Morocco’s unique geographical position may see them through, but it’s going to be a hard fight as North America has put forward a strong presentation.

“The #Morocco2026 bid is something truly beautiful, a country so passionate about football,” said Morocco national team coach Herve Renard.

Morocco has presented itself as a ‘Euro-African’ candidate, CAF and UEFA accounting for 108 votes between them in Wednesday’s FIFA ballot.

“To organise the tournament, it would benefit all of Morocco, and in terms of development, the whole African continent,” said Morocco’s famous footballer and African Balon d‘Or winner Mustapha Hadji. “I think the hopes will be seen in the eyes of the children.”

One of their bidding trump cards will be its geographical position with a mere 14km separating its northern border from Europe – they are the crossroads between two continents where football is No.1 sport.

With one country, one time zone, one currency (dirham), Morocco’s profile is more homogenous than their three-nation bid rivals.

“The USA-Canada-Mexico bid doesn't seem to me to be a coherent candidate with an anglo-French country, an English-speaking country and a Spanish country, and then all the different time zones,” said veteran French manager Claude Le Roy.

The country has the backing of CAF head Ahmad Ahmad.

“It only takes a one-hour flight to travel from the south to the north. That's going to benefit players, who will be covering much shorter distances,” said Morocco bid leader Hicham El Amrani.