FIFA president: Egypt can host World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has handed Egypt a boost over the possibility of hosting the 2030 World Cup. 

With Egypt youth and sports minister Ashraf Sobhi having previously revealed that the country is hoping to host the 2030 World Cup and the 2032 Olympic Games, the North Africans could become only the second-ever nation from the continent to host the global showpiece after South Africa in 2010. 

Scroll through the mini-gallery above to see some of the nations that have submitted official bids to host the 2030 World Cup, per Goal

Egypt are keen to team up with neighbours Morocco in a joint bid to stage the 2030 edition of the mega-event, per KingFut. 

However, Morocco are believed to have wanted a joint bid alongside Spain and Portugal, but the two European nations rejected the proposal, making the decision not to include the African country in their official bid. 

Now, FIFA head Infantino has responded to Egypt potentially hosting the tournament. 

"It is possible to hold the World Cup in an Arab country, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt after they succeeded in organising the AFCON, and Morocco, who submitted a file to host the global event," he told MBC. 

"We just have to determine whether the tournament will be held every two years or every four years. 

"Qatar succeeded in organising the Arab Cup, and we saw that through the eight stadiums that were set up in an area not exceeding 60 kilometres, which will allow the fans to watch four matches in one day.

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"I received many calls during the Arab Cup demanding that the competition be organised more often, and I support this. Arab countries are eligible to host the World Cup. The Arab public deserves the best. 

"I think that the Arab Cup imposed itself after millions watched it, especially in the knockout rounds. The tournament succeeded by all standards. 

"The Arab Cup will not conflict with the Asian Cup, the tournament will benefit Asian and African football as well."

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