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Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, President and Confederation of African Football, CAF, Executive Committee member, Amaju Pinnick, has disclosed that Morocco will meet next month’s deadline to bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Interested countries have until August 11, 2017, to submit their bids, with USA, Canada and Mexico having already expressed an interest.

“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100 per cent,” Pinnick told BBC Sport.

“I’d be surprised (if Morocco does not put in a bid), but I think they will.”

The North African nation failed in four previous World Cup bids – in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

The 2010 tournament was hosted by South Africa as the continent staged the World Cup for first and only time in its history.

FIFA’s rotational hosting policy means Africa is one of four confederations that can bid for the 2026 finals as Europe (Russia 2018) and Asia (Qatar 2022) cannot be considered.

Pinnick was in the Moroccan capital Rabat last week for a CAF symposium and subsequent meetings.

“It’s a country that can host the world. They are very hospitable people, there is a good network of roads and have practice.