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North African countries targeting joint bid for 2030 World Cup

The Algerian government has confirmed that a potential joint bid for the 2030 Fifa World Cup is being discussed between itself, Morocco and Tunisia.

The announcement comes after Morocco last month said it would pursue a sixth bid for the World Cup after King Mohammed VI instructed officials in the North African country to target the 2030 edition of the national team football tournament.

Morocco was earlier defeated by the joint proposal comprising the United States, Canada and Mexico in its bid to host the 2026 tournament. The United 2026 bid prevailed, winning 134 votes to 65 in an election held during the Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia.

Morocco also unsuccessfully bid to host the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments. However, Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami, confirmed that instructions had been received from King Mohammed to continue efforts.

Algerian Sport and Youth Minister, Mohammad Hattab, has now said a joint committee will be formed between his country, Morocco and Tunisia, with a view to pursuing the 2030 World Cup. “Recent news about the possibility that Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco submit a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup finals are correct,” Hattab said, according to the Kuna news agency.

Algeria and Tunisia both voted for Morocco in the 2026 race and Hattab said Algeria has the infrastructure in place with Algiers due to host the African Youth Games later this month and Oran to stage the 2021 Mediterranean Games.

“With the sports infrastructure that was built, Algeria is ready to study a possible joint bid with Morocco and Tunisia for the organisation of the World Cup,” Hattab added, according to the Morocco World News website.

In April, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay moved forward with their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup by announcing the breakdown of how the 12 host cities for the tournament would be split between the three South American countries.

At a meeting held between the three national associations and including various government officials in Buenos Aires, it was announced that Argentina would have eight host cities, with two apiece in Paraguay and Uruguay.

The English Football Association has also reportedly held talks with counterparts representing the other UK ‘home nations’ of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales over a possible joint bid for the tournament.