Egypt, the Philippines to host World Cup 2014 opening ceremony

The Egyptian government has agreed to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, according to reports in the Egyptian press.

A source at the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture said the deal was reached with the Philippine government.

“We have reached an agreement with the government of Egypt to host a World Cup in 2022 in the country of the future,” the source said.

“This agreement will be implemented on the basis of the joint bid of the governments of the two countries.

It will be conducted in accordance with the relevant regulations.”

According to a report in Al Arabiya, the event will be held in 2019.

“The ceremony is being organised on a date that will be announced later,” the paper quoted the source as saying.

“It will be a very big event.”

The news comes as the Philippines has been widely criticised for hosting the 2022 World Cup despite a $20bn (£12bn) bid from Qatar.

Last week, the country’s tourism minister, Mar Roxas, was accused of being involved in a corruption scandal linked to the bid.