Tunisia have pulled out of the race to host the 2010 World Cup finals, leaving South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Libya in contention.

The Tunisians wanted to co-host the tournament with Libya, but the plan was rejected by FIFA, forcing them out of the bidding.

‘The idea of co-hosting this competition cannot be taken into account,” Tunisian Football Association president Hamouda Ben Ammar said.

‘For this reason our candidature has no more reason to be.’

South Africa and Morocco are the leading contenders, but Egypt was highly rated in a FIFA report. Libya is regarded as a massive outsider.

‘I have worked for 30 years for the development of football and I am attached to the African continent, so I am a very happy president,’ FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.