ZAMBIA BACKS MOROCCO’S 2026 WORLD CUP BID

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By SPORTS REPORTER

ZAMBIA has pledged full support to Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

According to a statement released yesterday, acting Sports minister Charles Banda said African countries had the capacity to host the biggest showpiece and only need everyone’s support.

Speaking at his office when the incoming Moroccan Ambassador to Zambia Souad El Alaoui paid a courtesy call on him with a proposal for the bid, the Minister said it would be  good for another African country to host the tournament especially that only one country has hosted it so far.

“It is humbling that Morocco considered Zambia as a potential partner in the bidding process of hosting the event. There is need for more sports engagements between the two countries to grow the sport,” he said.

Meanwhile, El Alaoui said her country had set out sound and achievable targets for any developing country to qualify to host the tournament.

“Morocco has built moderate stadia that can be used for other sporting activities even after the tournament. We will be working at improving infrastructure and will soon have the bullet train,” she said.

She said the hosting of the World Cup tournament should not be left to only high tech countries as that would erode the spirit of the game.

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