The South Africa Football Association (Safa) has pledged its ‘unqualified’ support for Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Morocco is up against a joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States and is aiming to become the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010.
“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument,” said Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan.
“Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” the Safa President added.
Morocco are making their fifth bid to host the tournament.
They have previously campaigned for the right to organise 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.
Former Cameroon goalkeeper, Antoine Bell, is visiting South Africa as part of a delegation representing the Morocco bid.
“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards; from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” Antoine Bell said.
“Morocco needs South Africa’s voice, it is the loudest voice on the continent,” added the Cameroonian.
South Africa’s backing for Morocco’s 2026 bid follows similar pledges of support from both Algeria and Guinea-Bissau.
The hosts for the 2026 World Cup will be decided in Russia on 13 June.