11 African Countries Vote Against Morocco’s 2026 World Cup Bid

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By Karen Duarte

Rabat – Although Morocco counted on the strong support of its neighboring African countries, eleven refused to vote for Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

South Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Cape Verde, and Zimbabwe were the eleven African countries who paved the way for the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid to win.  

The United 2026 bid was selected today by FIFA federations at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

There were 65 votes (33%) for Morocco’s bid. The United (North American) bid received 134 votes (67%), and Iran was the only country that voted for “none of the bids.”

With its fifth attempt to host, Morocco was hoping to…

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