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Fifa returns to Morocco for more inspections amid World Cup bid

12:43 GMT+3 25/04/2018
Fouzi Lekjaa, Moulay Hafid Elalamy and Rachid Talbi Alami Morocco 2026 World Cup Bid Press Conference Casablanca 2018
The Fifa experts have made a second visit to Morocco for further inspections after the North African nation's ambitious bid to host the 2026 World Cup

Fifa, the global football authority, is expected to travel to Morocco where they will carry out an unexpected second inspection of Morocco as part of the bidding process for the 2026 Fifa World Cup.

Bid president Moulay Hafid Elalamy acknowledged, last week, that Morocco still has to improve the quality of their bid after grievances with the quality of stadiums, training camps and other facilities last week in Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier.

Elalamy said that a group of Fifa experts would return this week to inspect the hotels and facilities for VIPs this week.

Elalamy told the Associated Press news agency that Morocco still has to “improve the quality of our bid book, with last week’s inspection team having “made some remarks on the conditions of some of the stadia”. 

“The task force visit allowed Morocco’s bid committee to understand certain Fifa requirements that we will address with a lot more precision in the upcoming days,” Elalamy said. 

“Communication between Morocco and Fifa was very weak – extremely limited. Now, we have adopted an open dialogue so that we can improve the quality of our bid book.”

He added: “We are currently negotiating with Fifa to find a solution.”

Fifa will vote on June 13 on the host of the 2026 tournament, with Morocco up against a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the US.