Lesotho snubs Morocco

Lesotho snubs Morocco

MASERU – Lesotho is among a host of African countries that did not vote for Morocco on Wednesday in their bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Instead, a joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico won the right to hold the global football showpiece in 2026 after a vote of FIFA delegates in Moscow, Russia.

The bid by the three North American countries was coined the ‘United’ bid by its organisers.
It won the voting with 134 votes to Morocco’s 65 out of 203 delegates that were eligible to vote at the 68th annual FIFA congress held on the eve of the 2018 tournament which starts today in Russia.

Morocco had hoped to become the second African nation to host the tournament but suffered defeat in a World Cup bidding process for the fifth time.
Disappointingly for Morocco, Lesotho joined South Africa, Kenya, Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia as the African countries that voted for the United bid.

Meanwhile, one delegate representing Asian nation Iran voted ‘none of the above’.
The voting results mean the world’s biggest football festival will go to North America for the first time since 1994.
Morocco had travelled through Africa asking their fellow nations to vote for them at the FIFA Congress in Russia and was also counting on support from some European countries.

However, rumours spread that numerous African countries would not vote for Morocco due to political differences while separate reports said other nations were unhappy with Morocco’s decision to withdraw from hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) because it feared the outbreak of the Ebola disease in some West African countries.

While there were a lot of reports on the internet speculating why African countries snubbed one of their own, South Africa made their stance clear before jetting to Russia. South Africa said it would vote for the United bid because Morocco did not support its efforts to stage the 2010 World Cup which it eventually won the rights to host.

Sport Reporter

Previous Heartbreak for Mehalalitoe
Next Lefa to host referees training course

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/thepostc/public_html/wp-content/themes/trendyblog-theme/includes/single/post-tags-categories.php on line 7

About author

You might also like

Sports

Brown off to Ukraine for trials

Luciah Phahla Maseru Kick4Life striker Thabiso Brown left the country on Monday to begin trials at Ukrainian Premier League side Chornomorets Odesa. Brown started his trials yesterday and Kick4Life football

Sports

Good start for Matlama

MASERU – Matlama enjoyed a perfect start to the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season last weekend by thrashing Linare 4-0 while potential title rivals Bantu, Lioli and Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS)

Sports

4 clubs to fight for M150k Independence jackpot

Luciah Phahla Maseru – The Vodacom Premier League together with sponsors Metropolitan Lesotho and Standard Lesotho Bank yesterday launched the 2016 edition of Lesotho’s oldest cup competition, the Independence Cup.