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South Africa voiced on Monday its backing to Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) President Fouzi Lekjaa outlined his concerns regarding the process in a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Morocco's bid to stage the 2026 World Cup has reached its most crucial phase to date with the arrival of FIFA's evaluation panel for a three-day visit that could make or break the north African country's chances.

The visit of the Evaluation Task Force comes after Morocco 2026 openly criticised Federation Internationale de Football Association, claiming the organisation had changed the scoring system just 24 hours before they officially submitted their attempt.

According to Elalamy this visit would "strive to convey the vision of a humble, passionate, determined bid, but above all a professional and solid one".

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument", he said.

"Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa", said the SAFA president.

Quoted by SAFA, Bell said "when South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco".

The five-member FIFA Task Force, supported by an influential back-up team of officials, were beginning their inspection today with a visit to stadiums, training centres, proposed fan fest sites and other key venues having already visited the USA, Canada and Mexico who are jointly bidding against Morocco.

United 2026 is competing against a bid from Morocco, which has in recent weeks been endorsed by several European countries, including Russia, Belgium and France.

This is Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cup, after their losses for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the event.