Egypt can host a 48 World Cup in 2030 – Hanni 

By Clive Kyazze

The FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32 at the 2026 edition that will be hosted by USA, Mexico and Canada.

The host for the 2030 edition is not known yet but solo and joint bids from countries with a strong economic muscles are expected to submit their bids.

One of those countries is likely to be Egypt, according to the head of the Egyptian FA Hani Abu Rida.

“Yes, it is possible. We can do that,” said Rida who also doubles as the president of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations Local Organising Committee.

“However, the issue is accommodation because you will need about 300,000 rooms, for 2030, we could because we have time to prepare,” he added.

The proposed logo for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by USA, Canada and Mexico / Courtesy image

Egypt were awarded to host the Nations Cup six months to the competition after Cameroon’s failure to meet the requirements of a 24-team tournament.

South Africa is the only African country  to host the World Cup, they hosted a 32-team competition in the 2010 edition.

To host a 48-team World Cup, a country needs at least 18 international pitches, infrastructural requirements, principles of sustainable event management, human rights and environmental protection.

They also need to provide details on aspects such as governmental support documents, the organizational model to be adopted and provisions for the establishment of a legacy fund.

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