A team from Africa will likely make it to the FIFA World Cup final in 2026, according to Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe.
The excellent performance of Morocco at the recently finished 2022 World Cup, where the squad became the first African side to reach the Semi finals of the competition since its start in 1930, prompted him to make this statement.
The Atlas Lions shocked Belgium in the group stage, then defeated Spain and Portugal in the round of 16, before falling to France in the championship match.
Motsepe claimed that ten African countries are capable of competing at the highest level and even winning the World Cup in a press conference on Wednesday in Johannesburg.
“Morocco opened the door by reaching the semi-finals this month and I am confident an African nation will go further at the next World Cup,” said the South African billionaire.
“The main objective of CAF (Confederation of African Football) is for an African nation to win the World Cup and that goal is within reach.”
“We should be proud of what Cameroon and Tunisia achieved. These and other African countries must learn from Morocco,” said the CAF president.