Not many will expect that there will be any sporting angle to the historic visit of President Muhammad Buhari to the White House to hold talks with President Donald Trump.

Though security and economic issues were in the front burner, issues around United States’ bid to host the World Cup also popped up in the discussion between the two leaders.

President Trump said the United States will be "watching very closely" as he called for African nations and countries around the world to support USA's joint 2026 World Cup bid.

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Trump has been vocal amid a bid put together by USA, Canada and Mexico to stage the showpiece tournament in North America in eight years' time.

He reaffirmed that stance as he met with Buhari at the White House on Monday.

"I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup," Trump said.

"We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate."

USA, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018, last hosted the World Cup in 1994 and they are hopeful ahead of FIFA's announcement in Moscow on June 13.