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Tunisia keen on North African 2030 World Cup bid

The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has said it is open to the prospect of a joint bid with Algeria and Morocco for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.

Earlier this week, Algerian Sport and Youth Minister, Mohammad Hattab, said a joint committee will be formed between his country, Morocco and Tunisia, with a view to pursuing the national team football tournament.

Responding to the proposal, FTF president Wadie Jary said, according to UK broadcaster the BBC: “We haven't received any official offers, but we're open to the idea and would like to see it happen.”

Morocco has yet to comment on the proposal but 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.

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.

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.