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No African bid for 2022 World Cup

The World Cup
There will be no African countries among the 11 candidates bidding
Africa has missed out on the chance to host the World Cup in 2022 after the deadline for applications passed with none being lodged by any African countries.

Fifa confirmed that 11 candidates will make official bids to host the tournament in both 2018 or 2022.

Under Fifa's rotation rule, African countries were prevented from bidding for the 2018 tournament, but could have bid for the 2022 event.

Egypt was one African country thought to be considering a tilt at 2022 after Fifa included it on a list of potential bidders to have expressed an initial interest in staging the tournament.

However, the Egyptian Football Association subsequently denied it had any interest in making a bid.

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.

Nine countries are interested in staging the tournament in either 2018 or 2022, while two are just bidding for 2022.

Those to apply for both were England, Russia, Australia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia and joint bids from Portugal-Spain and Netherlands-Belgium.

Qatar and South Korea have applied to host the 2022 tournament only.

Applicants must next submit their bidding agreements by 11 December, with Fifa's 24-man executive committee choosing the winning candidates in December 2010.

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see also
Fifa confirms World Cup bids list
17 Mar 09 |  Internationals
England 2018 Cup rivals confirmed
04 Feb 09 |  Internationals
The race to host World Cup 2018
05 Feb 09 |  Internationals
Fifa unveils 2022 World Cup plan
20 Dec 08 |  Internationals

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