Webb says 2026 World Cup title for CONCACAF

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- New CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb says a team from his soccer confederation should win the 2026 World Cup.

Webb made the declaration Wednesday after he was elected to lead 40 soccer nations of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands banker was the only candidate to succeed disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner. He resigned last June to avoid an investigation of a bribery scandal.

Webb told his members: "The 2026 World Cup belongs to CONCACAF."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter hailed Webb's election to the post, saying: "The credibility of CONCACAF is back."

One year ago, Webb's home country was one of four whistle-blowers on allegations of bribery, involving a longtime Caribbean strongman, Warner and Qatar's Mohamed bin Hammam, who attempted to run against Blatter.