Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, has said Nigeria should jointly bid for the 2026 World Cup with Morocco. The minister said he believes the “indomitable” Nigerian spirit would surmount the challenges and deliver a superb tournament.
“Morocco is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, Nigeria should have jointly bid with Morocco because we can do it,” Fashola said.
Nigeria hosted the 12th edition of the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 1999, and the U-17 World Cup ten years later and the minister, referring to the latter, further said: “Like we did when we hosted the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, when the gauntlet is throw at us, we will rise to the occasion. “We will clean up our house to welcome visitors from around the world”.
The 2026 World Cup will have 48 countries, 16 teams more than the 32 teams that will participate in Russia this summer. The minister added, “With the expanded format of the World Cup, it will now be too expensive for one country to host it.”
Algeria, who was also interested in submitting a bid, last week said it would withdraw its interest to support Morocco. USA, Canada and Mexico are also said to have officially submitted bids for consideration.
FIFA will announce the result of the bids on June 13, a day to the kickoff of the 2018 tournament.Ashaolu Oluwafemi