The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday, at which point Fifa will confirm the bidders. The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid. The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) gave its backing to a Moroccan bid in July. A total of 48 teams, rather than the current 32, will compete at an expanded tournament in 2026 after changes announced by Fifa earlier this year. The decision on who will host event will be made in 2020. Fifa's rotational hosting policy mean...
The fifa Council has rectified the decision to give Africa nine automatic places when the World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026. The move was confirmed on Tuesday in Bahrain - the continent currently has five spots at the tournament. A tenth African country will take part in a six - nation play - off tournament to decide the last two spots. The Bureau of the Fifa Council made the original proposal of how it planned to allocate the 48 places on 30 March. The expanded World Cup will feature 16 teams from Europe. Fifa members voted in January to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, starting with the 2026 edition. Allocation: Asia: 8 direct slots - increased from 4.5 (currently 46 members) Africa: 9 direct slots - increased from 5 (currently 54 members) Nort
Togolese striker Francis Kone saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly swallowed his tongue during a Czech league match. Slovacko's Kone acted fast after Berkovec had collided with his Bohemians 1905 team-mate Daniel Krch. He used his fingers to move Berkovec's tongue and stop him suffocating. Berkovec later wrote on Facebook: "I would like to thank Francis Kone for rescue and emergency… I'm glad for the relief and thanks again. Source :BBC Sports
Accra Hearts of Oak come up against Wa All Stars in the Ghana Premier League tomorrow at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Phobians will be having revenge on their minds going into this game after the 3-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of All Stars last season. Hearts are without a win in the league this season after settling for three straight draws in their opening games and will be hoping to win this game to get their season going. General captain of the side Thomas Abbey has revealed that the players will pick themselves and do everything possible to grab a first win of the season against Wa AllStars on Sunday. The hardworking midfielder captained the side in Wednesday's 1-1 draw game with Ebusua Dwarfs and provided the assist for Patrick Razak's opener. "We have to p
Zimbabwe skipper Willard Katsande has retired from international football with immediate effect after the Warriors bowed out of the 2017 Afcon after one draw and two defeats. Katsande, who has played a pivotal role in the team, intimated that it was time to step aside and allow the younger generation to take over as he concentrates on his club career. “I have decided to call time on my national team career after bowing out from Afcon. It comes a time where you have to make the hard decisions as you know I am 31 and it’s just the right time to now fully concentrate on my club career at Kaizer Chiefs,” Katsande told supersport.com. “We played well but we have not been consistent conceding goal despite working hard but we take back lesson home and hopefully things will be differe
Former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song is fit again after a narrow brush with death when suffering a stroke in early October, he explained in an interview published by French daily L'Equipe on Saturday. "I'm back from the brink," the former Liverpool and West Ham defender who led Cameroon to back-to-back African Cup of Nations declared. "My blood pressure was up at like 25 and it felt like my head was exploding," he said of his stroke, suffered at his home in Yaounde October 3. "I was lucky to fall on my side and that way when I went down my tongue came out." "My dog started barking and the concierge came up but didn't dare come in. But then a friend showed up and got me help," he explained. The 40-year-old was airlifted to France for specialist treatment after suffering