Algeria has announced its official support of Morocco's bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Al Jazeera reports.
El Hadi Ould Ali, Algeria's minister of youth and sports, said his country had endorsed Morocco's candidacy to hold the world's foremost football event "with pride", as per President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's directive.
"The decision of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to support Morocco's candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup will be executed with pride", Ould Ali was quoted saying by the state Algerie Presse Service on Sunday.
The news came just months after Algeria's Football Federation chief, Kheireddine Zetchi, expressed his countryu's readiness to support its neighbour should it decide to move ahead with the proposal.
The announcement, made earlier in March, is Morocco's fifth attempt to host the event. Prior attempts included bids to host the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.