Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Samuel Eto'o Appointed Ambassador Of The Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup

Cameroonian Football Legend Samuel Eto'o Fils has been appointedone of the Ambassadors to the Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup, if Morocco's bid to host the competition is selected.

The announcement was confirmed yesterday Tuesday January 23rd 2018 in Morocco by the President of of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation(RMFF) Fouzi Lekjaa, during a Press Conference, where the country officially launched its candidature for the organisation of the 2026 World Cup.

Fouzi Lekjaa said he hoped the North African country’s bid would be “a candidacy for the whole continent.”

The country  is “fully mobilized” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa,” top sports officials said Tuesday.

The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Morocco's Business man and Politician Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee.

We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed.

Our record is and will be irreproachable.”

Morocco’s fifth bid, announced in August, faces fierce competition from a three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Between 1930 to 2030 — 100 years — the African continent has only organized the World Cup once,” Lekjaa said, referring to the 2010 tournament in South Africa, which beat a previous bid by Morocco.

It should not remain on the margin.”

The host will be chosen on Jun. 13, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body.

The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but after suspicions over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, sparking a scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some powers and renamed the FIFA Council.

The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.

Morocco’s bid committee hope to win support from the 53 members of the Confederation of African Football.

The Committee enlisted the International Striker Samuel Eto'o alongside Ivorian Legend and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba to promote its bid.

Eto'o has been in Morocco for some days now, where he had talks with Fouzi Lekjaa and CAF's President Ahmad Ahmad. He was also present during the match between Cameroon and Angola, for CHAN 2018, where Cameroon lost against Angola 0-1.

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