Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, has openly expressed his aspiration for Morocco to serve as the host country for the 2030 World Cup final, in an interview on Radio Mars.
Lekjaa said that the minimum number of cities participating in the 2030 World Cup is 14, with a maximum of 18.
“For Morocco, some have been selected, while decisions are still pending for others. The known cities include Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Rabat, Tangier, and Fez,” lekjaa said.
Lekjaa further added that Morocco aims to offer not just stadiums with good infrastructure but cities characterized by cultural diversity and “geographic harmony.”
“The beauty of this World Cup lies in the fact Morocco is less than one hour away from Lisbon and an hour and fifteen minutes away from Madrid,” Lekjaa said.
The eagerly anticipated negotiations concerning the distribution of matches and the selection of stadiums are set to start on the 18th of this month, with the expectations that this process will span over several months.
Pedro Rocha, the President of the Management Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has expressed his confidence that the joint candidacy of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will deliver the greatest World Cup the world has ever seen.
Rocha conveyed his enthusiasm, saying, “The prospect of bringing the World Cup back to Spain, almost half a century later, fills us with excitement and pride. We are certain that, together with Morocco and Portugal, we will organize the best World Cup in history.” Speaking to RFEF media, he emphasized their commitment to ensuring the tournament’s success and unforgettable memories.
For Morocco, this moment is historic in itself as Fouzi Lekjaa pointed out, “This is a pivotal moment in Moroccan football history, and it marks a significant achievement under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.”
Lekjaa added that “It is both an honor and a responsibility for us, as well as a privilege to collaborate with Portugal and Spain to prepare a candidacy dossier that, I am confident, will make history and elevate the event to unprecedented heights.”
Fernando Gomes, President of the Portuguese Football Federation, underscored the strength of the trio’s bid saying, “Each of our countries boasts a vibrant football tradition, unparalleled organizational expertise, and a penchant for innovation that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the future of this tournament.”
This collaboration comes after FIFA’s decision was unveiled on Wednesday, with Spain, Portugal, and Morocco demonstrating unwavering dedication to presenting a bid that not only pays homage to the competition’s rich history but also leaves a lasting legacy across various domains.
The joint candidacy of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco not only promises to deliver a spectacular World Cup but also represents a powerful union of nations dedicated to showcasing the best of football and creating a legacy that will resonate for generations to come.