The newly elected Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad addresses a news conference after his victory at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa

MARRAKECH – Recently-elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has made public his support for a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup, at press conference in Marrakech on Tuesday.

The North African country has bid unsuccessfully to host the tournament on four previous occasions – the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Ahmad said: “We are convinced that Morocco could organise this competition, just as was done by South Africa in 2010.”

Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) earlier this month, replacing Issa Hayatou, who had held on to the most powerful position in African football for nearly three decades.

Ahmad’s support comes just a few months after FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, observed that Morocco has the necessary “infrastructure and organisational capacity” to host the World Cup.