CAF President Ahmad Ahmad claims Morocco could host the 2026 World Cup ©Getty Images

Newly-elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad claims Morocco has the capability to host the 2026 World Cup after he backed the country's potential bid for the tournament.

Ahmad, who beat incumbent Issa Hayatou in the CAF Presidential election in Addis Ababa earlier this month, said he was "convinced" the North African nation could host a successful edition of the competition.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has recently claimed Morocco had the required "infrastructure and organisational capacity" to stage the event.

Should Morocco, who have never hosted competition after unsuccessfully bidding for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, enter the running, they are likely to come up against a bid from the United States, either as a standalone candidate or as part of a joint effort with Canada and Mexico.

However, Morocco's attempt may be hampered by the fact that the country was accused of paying bribes to the disgraced former head of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - Jack Warner - in the race for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, hosted by France and South Africa respectively.

It was even suggested the North African nation had won the ballot for the 2010 tournament, but votes were "deliberately miscounted" to ensure South Africa won.

The accusations were denied by South African officials.

Morocco has never hosted the World Cup ©Getty Images
Morocco has never hosted the World Cup ©Getty Images

The US are already considered the favourites for the 2026 edition, although Infantino recently warned countries considering bidding for the event must allow any team who qualifies and their supporters access to the country.

His comments came in the wake of the executive order in the US, issued by President Donald Trump, which banned immigration from six countries -  Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

The 2026 tournament will be the largest-ever edition of the World Cup after the FIFA Council agreed to expand the competition by 16 teams as part of plans spearheaded by Infantino.

The 48 countries will be split into 16 groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to a 32-nation knockout round.

Infantino said recently he was confident a "good compromise" could be reached between the various Confederations concerning the allocation of the additional places.