United States’ President, Donald Trump has called on Nigeria and the whole of Africa to support its bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup alongside Canada and Mexico.

Trump, who spoke at the White House on Monday during Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari’s visit, promised the US was set to reposition its aid to Africa and that the continent should reciprocate by supporting its World Cup hosting bid.

“Nigeria is the largest democracy in Africa; and as I conveyed to President Buhari during our discussions, I deeply appreciate and value Nigeria’s role as a strong democratic leader in the region.

“The United States is currently working to expand trade and commercial ties with African nations, including Nigeria, to create jobs and wealth for all our countries. We hope to be the economic partner of choice for nations in the continent and all around the world…

“We pledge to all African countries and countries around the world that we would also be supporting you- likewise, you should support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup.

“We would be watching very closely and any help they could give us towards that bid would be deeply appreciated. I’m pleased that Nigeria is one of our largest trading partners in that region and we look forward to growing our trade relationship based on the principle of fairness and reciprocity,” Trump said.

The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994.

The 2026 edition will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup. Two official bids to host the event have already been submitted to FIFA: a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States, and a bid by Morocco.