World Cup 2006: Morocco attempts to win African backing for its bid
Morocco, Politics, 10/22/1999
A Moroccan delegation is currently in Ouagadougou part of the campaign to glean backing to Morocco's bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
The delegation, including the high commissioner in charge of the bid, Driss Benhima, and former African star player Ahmed Faras will meet the members of the African Football Confederation (CAF), meeting in the Burkina Faso capital.
Benhima and Faras will hold a press conference to be attended by journalists covering the general assembly of the CAF permanent commissions.
Morocco is competing with fellow African nation, South Africa, Germany, England and Brazil to host the World Cup.
Observers believe that the race for winning the bid is between Morocco and South Africa, as FIFA (world football governing board) wants an African country to host the World Cup.
FIFA is to select next July 6 the host country of the finals.
This is the third time that Morocco has bid to host the World Cup. The two previous bids (1994, 1998) were lost to the USA and France.
The Moroccan authorities, who grasped the lessons of the two previous bids, came up this year with a sound file, including an ambitious program to build modern stadiums and promote hotel, telecom and highway networks.
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