Fail­ure to get African vote cost Morocco

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MOROCCO’S hopes of host­ing the 2026 World Cup foundered on the fail­ure to se­cure a united African vote as the coun­try lost in its fifth at­tempt to stage the global event, the north African coun­try’s bid team said yes­ter­day.

Eleven African coun­tries voted for the joint North Amer­i­can bid of the US, Canada and Mex­ico, who will host the 2026 fi­nals af­ter a 134 to 65 vote tri­umph in a poll of FIFA mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions at the Congress of world soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body.

“We were very hope­ful but, at the end of the day, if you lose a cer­tain num­ber of votes from your own con­ti­nent, and from some of our Arab broth­ers, who flipped coins, then you have no chance,” said Morocco bid am­bas­sador Daniel Amokachi.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed for two rea­sons: first we thought Morocco on a sport­ing ba­sis had the bet­ter can­di­da­ture even against a much larger set of coun­tries; and se­condly be­cause the African coun­tries that voted against us are not fight­ing for our eman­ci­pa­tion,” Amokachi con­cluded.

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