Tunisia open to pursuing joint North Africa bid for 2030 World Cup

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Tunisia would be open to the idea of a North African bid for the 2030 World Cup along with Algeria and Morocco.

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The president of the Tunisia Football Federation Wadie Jary said “We haven’t received any official offers, but we’re open to the idea and would like to see it happen.

Algeria’s sports minister announced earlier this week that his country is to study whether such a bid is feasible.

Officials in Morocco, who lost the chance to host the 2026 World Cup, have not weighed in on the idea but the country has already made it clear they plan to submit a bid.

Morocco lost to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Moroccans have bid and failed to win the right to host football’s biggest event five times.

Algeria sports minister Mohamed Hattab says the country will study a possible candidacy of the Maghreb countries for the organisation of the World Cup. He says application from the Maghreb with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia can be achieved through existing infrastructure as well as future projects.

“When we look at our cities, with the sporting and cultural facilities present, we are able to consider that we can host major world events.”

Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay last year launched a three-nation South American bid to host the 2030 tournament, seeking to mark the centenary of the first World Cup, hosted by Uruguay in 1930.

FIFA isn’t expected to make any decision on the 2030 World Cup until 2022 when Qatar hosts the event.

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