Morocco vows to bid for another World Cup after missing out on 2026

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The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65

Morocco have promised to bid for another World Cup after missing out on hosting the same in 2026.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Fifa voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the Fifa Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by Fifa’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.

Speaking after the defeat, head of Morocco Football Federation Fouzi Lekjaa insisted that they will still keep their dream of hosting the World Cup.

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“The determination of my country is to continue to work for football…and to realise our dream some day of hosting the World Cup.”

South Africa is among the ten African nations that refused to vote for Morocco. Others are Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Namibia.

Morocco was counting on the strong support of African countries but it seems the ten nations defied the continental solidarity and voted otherwise. 

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