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Trump seeks support from Nigeria, other Africans to host 2026 World Cup

Trump seeks support from Nigeria, other Africans to host 2026 World Cup

- United States alongside Canada and Mexico are jointly bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

- Donald Trump met with Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari and seeks for his support and other countries for the hosting right

- Meanwhile voting for the hosting rights will hold on June 13 in Moscow

President Donald Trump has called for support from Nigeria and other countries across the world to back the United States, Canada and Mexico in a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Trump made this known earlier in the week when he hosted title Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari at the White House on Monday.

USA last host the tournament in 1994 where Brazil emerged winner after beating Italy on penalties after the full regulation period had ended goalless.

Morocco have also shown interest in hosting the 2026 edition of the championship and have already won the support of several countries from the Gulf region, in Africa and some parts of Europe win the hosting rights.

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However, Trump is hoping to get the support of most African countries to achieve their goal.

“I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump while hosting president Muhammadu Buhari after their bilateral meeting in US.

“We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid, we would appreciate.”

The American president has also hinted that he might be visiting Nigeria soon, saying he has been told about the beauty of the country.

“I would very much like to visit Nigeria. It is an amazing country and in certain ways, I hear from the standpoint of the beauty of a country, there is no country more beautiful.”

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They (USA) will not be participating in this summer’s events in Russia after failing to qualify for the championship which kicks off next month.

Meanwhile, voting to award the 2026 World Cup will hold on June 13 in Moscow at world football governing body, FIFA’s annual congress, and in the process, publish the choice of each voting member for transparency.

USA qualified for the FIFA World Cup first in 1930 and reached the semifinal in their debut appearances, and they have appeared 11 times.

They crashed out of the last edition in the round of 16 in Brazil and they will not be appearing in this year’s edition.

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