Morocco have confirmed that they will bid for the 2030 World Cup after losing out in the race to host the 2026 competition.
A combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico won the right to host the tournament eight years from now, earning 134 votes to the African nation’s 65.
The result means the tournament, being hosted in Russia this summer, will return to north America for the first time since 1994.
Morocco, though, are not giving up hope on being able to host the tournament, with a spokesman confirming their intention to put together another bid.
“Upon royal instructions, Morocco will prepare its bid to host the 2030 tournament,” Mustapha El Khalfi told reporters.
Morocco have made five failed bids to host the World Cup thus far, and proposed using 14 stadiums to host tournament fixtures, with the final to be held in the Grand Stade de Casablanca, a planned 93,000-seater stadium that is scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The president of the Morocco Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, lauded FIFA for the credibility and transparency in Wednesday’s open voting system in Russia for the 2026 tournament while restating his country’s desire to vie for hosting rights of the biggest football festival another time.
“I wish to congratulate FIFA for the conduct of this process and congratulate the president for what he has done in order to move things towards more transparency and more inclusion,” Lekjaa was quoted by BBC Sport .
“I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco.”
Morocco were hoping to count on the support of their continent, but 10 African countries did not vote for their bid, including South Africa and Mozambique.
Reports suggest that England could also be involved in the bidding process for the 2030 tournament, potentially in a bid that involves numerous members of the United Kingdom.
FIFA vice-president David Gill has said this week that England should have “great confidence” in putting together a proposal.
Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have also announced their intention to bid jointly to host the tournament.