By Victor Kanayo
Ahead of 2030 World Cup, Morocco is making plans to build a new large stadium in Benslimane, near Casablanca, and upgrade six others.
This was revealed by the country’s prime minister’s office via a statement on Friday.
The statement said a deal was signed the same day between the government and state-owned fund CDG to finance the new stadium to be ready by 2028 for a total cost of 5 billion dirhams ($500 million), the office said in a statement.
Specifically, Morocco plans to build a large stadium in Benslimane, near Casablanca.
According to Reuters, at a first stage, these six stadiums will undergo an upgrade up to CAF standards to host the 2025 African cup of nations for a total cost of 9.5 billion dirhams.
The six stadiums- to be renovated to host the African cup of nations in 2025 and the 2030 World Cup- are in the cities of Agadir, Casablanca Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier, the statement said.
Earlier this month, FIFA allocated the 2030 World Cup to Morocco, Spain and Portugal but also said Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay would host three matches to mark the tournament’s centenary.
Morocco will be the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010.