Ten African Countries That Did Not Vote For Morocco

Football Association (FA) on Wednesday said that Morocco's failed bid to host the 2026 World Cup was a big disappointment to Africa.

Morocco polled 65 votes against 134 votes polled by the three North American nations to emerge winners.

The other African defectors were Benin, Botswana, the Cape Verde Islands, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia and Sierra Leone and, although mathematically their loss was not decisive, the prospect of a failure to get Africa solidly behind Morocco's bid did damage its cause, officials added.

The former Nigeria worldwide striker had earlier made an impassioned plea to the Congress to back a bid for another World Cup in Africa after South Africa hosted the 2010 tournament.

The 2026 tournament will feature an expanded field of 48 teams, an increase from the current 32. The US, however, hosted the country on its own merit in 1994, while Mexico have twice before organised the tournament, in 1970 and in 1986. Canada staged the Women's World Cup in 2015.

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

Following the poll results, Fouzi Lekjaa, head of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), emphasized "the determination of my country to continue to work for football...and to realize our dream some day of hosting the World Cup".

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