Morocco have submitted a formal bid to host the 2026 World Cup after making a last-minute submission to FIFA.
A joint Canada-Mexico-USA proposal looked set to run unopposed for the 2026 tournament, which cannot be held in either Europe or Asia.
There had been rumours of Chile entering the race, but the Canada-Mexico-USA bid – announced last April – looked on course to win the rights for the tournament.
"Regardless of whether other countries were bidding, we would treat this as a competition."
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However, just before Friday’s deadline for submissions, Morocco’s governing body released a statement to confirm they have entered the running.
“The Moroccan Football Federation officially presented its bid on Friday August 2017 to hold the 2026 World Cup,” said a brief statement.
“The federation has sent documents of the bid to FIFA, who will organise this world event.”
If successful, Morocco would become only the second African country to host the World Cup after the 2010 tournament in South Africa.