Africa misses chance to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Africa misses chance to host 2026 FIFA World Cup
Spectators attend a friendly soccer match between South Africa and Guatemala at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa, Monday, May 31, 2010. (AP Photo)

The African continent will have to wait a longer period before hosting the next FIFA World Cup after Morocco failed to win the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday.

During the FIFA annual Congress in Moscow, Russia the joint United bid of the US, Mexico and Canada emerged victories with 134 votes against Morocco’s 65 votes.

It was Morocco’s fifth failed attempt at hosting the tournament. South Africa are the only African nation to host the world’s biggest football showpiece before in 2010. The FIFA World Cup held in Africa has so far registered the biggest profits margins

Uganda was represented by FUFA President Moses Magogo, 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha and Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson. Before departing for the Congress Magogo told this publication that he personally believed in the Morocco bid.

According to the results released by FIFA all the eligible African nations voted for the Morocco bid, while the likes of Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Cape Verde Islands voted for the United bid.

“This is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond,” Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer was quoted saying. It is also the 2026 FIFA World Cup which will for the first time feature the field of 48 teams as as opposed to recent editions having 32.

The joint bid was always the stronger bid after the US stated in the bid that they have almost all the facilities in place and yet Morocco stated that they needed almost US$ 16 billion for development across the country if they won the bid.