- Morocco lost against the United-bid (America, Canada and Mexico) to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup
- The African nation made its fifth bid attempt to host the soccer showpiece
- FIFA has revealed that South Africa along with 10 other African nations voted against Morocco and in favour of the United-bid
Morocco lost its bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United-bid (which is made up of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico) after delegates at FIFA’s 68th Congress voted on Wednesday.
Thanks to FIFA’s new more transparent bidding process it has been revealed which delegates voted for which bid. According to FIFA’s website, South Africa and 10 other African countries voted against Morocco and supported the United-bid.
In the days and hours leading up to the vote, most pundits and experts had predicted that the United-bid was likely to emerge victorious, but it was thought that the result would be close and some thought Morocco could spring a surprise.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in the end the Moroccan bid fell flat, it received just 65 votes (or 33%) while the United-bid received 134 votes or 67%.
Sport24.co.za reported that South Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Cape Verde and Zimbabwe were the 11 African countries who voted against Morocco.
South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan confirmed that South Africa voted for the United-bid.
He said Safa looked at the bids objectively and felt the United bid was better than Morocco's. Jordaan urged Morocco not to give up on hosting the World Cup at a future date
Moroccan bid ambassador Daniel Amokachi said he and his team were very hopeful that their bid would succeed. He lamented losing a large chunk of the African vote and said the bid never recovered from there.
He did congratulate the United-bid on its victory and also congratulated FIFA for its new and transparent bidding process.
The 2026 tournament will be the biggest in FIFA’s history and will feature 48 teams playing in 80 matches rather than 32 teams.
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