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03.02.2009 Football News

Egypt deny bid for 2022 World Cup

By BBC


The Egypt Football Association has denied that it will be making a bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, had included Egypt on a list of potential bidders to have expressed an initial interest in staging the tournaments in 2018 or 2022.

"This has no basis in truth", Samir Zaher, the president of the EFA, said.

Fifa has said that it will decide on hosts for both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December next year.

The EFA has said that it did contact Fifa in order to clarify whether they would be able to bid for the 2018 event.

But because South Africa are hosting the tournament in 2010 an African nation would only have been considered to host the 2022 event.

Egypt bid to host the 2010 World Cup finals but lost out to South Africa, which will become the first African nation to stage the event.

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