OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-Patrice Motsepe, the president of the Confederation of African Football, has shared his thoughts on the prospects of an African nation hosting the World Cup in the future.
Nigeria need to be among the nations that are considering vying for the hosting rights, the South African football administrator said during the last press conference of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which is being hosted at the Main Media Centre at Palace de la Culture.
Nigeria last hosted a major international event in 2009, and the last time an African hosted the World Cup was in 2010.
The last time an African nation hosted the World Cup was in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was exclusively open to African nations, with South Africa ultimately being selected over Egypt and Morocco by FIFA in 2004.
Nigeria has also previously hosted an international football event, the thirteenth edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, held from 24 October to 15 November 2009.
Responding to a query from a journalist about the potential for another African country to host the World Cup, Motsepe emphasised Nigeria’s potential as a candidate.
“Nigeria must put in a bid. The Nigerian president (Bola Tinubu) is coming to watch the final on Sunday. I will have a conversation with him about it,” he stated.
The 2030 World Cup will be co-hosted by Morocco, Portugal, and Spain, making history being the first time two continents have done so.