BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Expectedly, King Mohammed VI is excited about the success of his kingdom getting overwhelming success twice within a week in bids to host two major football events, the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2030 Centenary FIFA World Cup which it is co-hosting with Spain and Portugal.
Successes in both bids were by acclamation by both CAF, in the case of the Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA in the choice of hosts for the 2030 World Cup.
In a statement from the Royal Office sent to Sports Village Square, King Mohammed VI remarked that he had the great pleasure of announcing to the Moroccan people that the “FIFA Executive Committee has unanimously selected the Morocco-Spain-Portugal bid as the sole candidate to organize the 2030 Football World Cup.
“This decision by the Executive Committee of the International Association Football Federation commends and recognizes Morocco’s key position in the concert of great nations.
“His Majesty the King takes this opportunity to congratulate the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Portugal, while reiterating the Kingdom of Morocco’s commitment to working in perfect synergy with the authorities in charge of the bid in each of the host countries.”
The World Cup will be the fourth time that Morocco will be hosting the globe having be the venues for the 2013, 2014 and 2022 FIFA Club World Cup.
Morocco in recent years have been the ultimate destination for hosting football events in Africa. In days leading to the 2022 World Cup, it was a ‘Festival of World Cup’ qualifying matches in Morocco as most African countries took their home matches to the North African kingdom.
It is hosting back-to-back, both the African Footballer of the Year Awards as well as the Women Africa Cup of Nations.