African FAs silent on Trump's call for support

Germany players celebrate after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup

"We are a team, like a football team, we are working together and we will win this world cup all together", he said. He also asked why they should be supporting countries when those countries don't support them, including at the UN.

With strong infrastructure already in place, the North American joint bid has always been as the clear front-runner for what will be the first 48-team World Cup. During a press conference on Monday, the president spoke about the support that he hopes to have from all African nations and nations throughout the world.

"We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate", he said.

It was the second time in a week that Trump weighed in on the bid, suggesting a quid pro quo for the support of other countries. Three years ago, the Telegraph reported that Morocco had, in fact, won the vote to host the 2010 competition - even though Federation Internationale de Football Association awarded the tournament to South Africa. The US hosted the tournament 24 years ago.

Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15 in 11 host cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and Sochi. The fine print made it clear this was an American bid dressed up as a joint enterprise: the United States would host 60 games, including every match from the quarter-finals onwards, with Mexico and Canada splitting the remaining 20 fixtures equally.

The Super Eagles were involved in a protracted dispute ahead of the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and a bonus row also disrupted their World Cup campaign in 2014. The government of Dominica later announced its support for Morocco.

The 2026 edition will be different from previous tournaments as it will see the start of the expansion.