Morocco failed to become the second African country after South Africa to host the FIFA World Cup after the North American bid beat them to host the 2026 tournament.
The North American bid beat the rival Morocco proposal, winning 134 votes to 65 for Morocco.
Morroco have now failed in five bids to host a World Cup. They have tried, and failed, four times before, in votes for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments — it lost out in the latter to South Africa, the only African nation ever to have hosted football’s global showpiece.
Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an 11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make 5 billion.
The 2026 tournament will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in RussiaÂ on Thursday.
South Africa, through the South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan, snubbed fellow Africans Morocco and voted for the joint US-Mexico-Canada bid for the rights to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
By: Awal Mohammed DeMonza
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