Kazakhstan examine bid for 2026 World Cup

Kazakhstan are examining a bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the country`s football chief Yerlan Kozhagapanov was quoted as saying in Russia`s Sport Express daily Tuesday.

"We`re currently consulting with the government and analysing our possibilities," Kozhagapanov, who is also the deputy mayor of Kazakhstan`s capital Astana, said.

"Our country is rapidly developing, our economy is on the rise. Why not?

"We want to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. After that we`re planning to join the race for the right to host the 2026 World Cup."

The Kazakhstan football chief added that the country`s president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is also honorary president of the football federation, was in favour of a potential bid.

"It`s a matter of great importance for us," Kozhagapanov said. 

"And we`re set to do our best to make football the most successful sport in our country."