Minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has made it known to the general public that he would want Nigeria to table a bid to host the 2026 World Cup jointly with North African side Morocco.
The former Lagos state governor said the ‘Indomitable‘ spirit of the Nigerian will rise to the present occasion and deliver an awesome World Cup. The 2026 World Cup will have 48 countries competing for the prestigious 4-year tournament, 16 teams more than the initial present 32-team format.
“Morocco is bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, Nigeria should have jointly bid with Morocco because we can do it,” Fashola said. “With the expanded format of the World Cup, it will now be too expensive for one country to host it.
“Like we did when we hosted the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup when the gauntlet is thrown at us, we will rise to the occasion.
“The indomitable, undying spirit of the Nigerian will come to the fore when we have a deadline to meet.
“We will clean up our house to welcome visitors from around the world.”
The North African country as well as a joint bid by the USA, Canada and Mexico, have been authoritatively submitted to World football governing body (FIFA) for consideration.