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    Samuel Eto'o now one of the ambassadors of the Moroccan bid for the organization of the 2026 World Cup.

    The legend of African football, Samuel Eto'o, will be one of the ambassadors of the Moroccan bid for the organization of the 2026 World Cup.

    The announcement was made Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Casablanca by the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lakjaa at a press conference.

    At this press conference, the President of the Nominating Committee, Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, welcomed the presence of the eminent members of the Bid Support Committee, highlighting the country's unwavering commitment to host the biggest event in the sports world, in a geographical and cultural setting ideal for players and supporters.

    "Morocco 2026 is a dynamic African country open to the world, celebrating football and its values ​​of tolerance and respect. Welcoming the 2026 World Cup will strengthen the social, environmental and economic development of the country and its continent," he said.

    And to defend this beautiful project, the bid committee has engaged the services of Samuel Eto'o, who had decided in favor of expanding the number of teams to 48 by 2026. "The World Cup at 48 teams is a chance for Africa," he said on the sidelines of the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai in December 2016.

    "Today, Africa has only five representatives, less than 10% of the continent's countries. With sixteen more teams, the African continent could perhaps go up to seven or eight and that would be deserved," he added.

    The announcement of the host country of the 2026 World Cup will be on June 13, the eve of the kick-off of the final phase of the 2018 World Cup scheduled in Russia. For the first time, the voting system will be: a member country-a voter. To be selected, it will be necessary to obtain 104 votes. The African continent holds 53.
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