FORMER Nigeria international, Daniel Amokachi has blamed Morocco’s inability to win the right to host the 2026 World Cup on lack of support from other African countries.
“We were very hopeful but, at the end of the day, if you lose a certain number of votes from your own continent, and from some of our Arab brothers, who flipped coins, then you have no chance,” Amokachi.
Eleven African countries voted for the joint North American bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, who will host the 2026 finals after a 134 to 65 vote triumph in a poll of FIFA member associations at the Congress of world soccer’s governing body.
Morocco lost in its fifth attempt to stage the global event.
Amokachi, Morocco bid ambassador, 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.
Joseph-Antoine Bell, the ex-Cameroon goalkeeper who was another of the high profile players who had lobbied over the last few months for the Moroccan bid, added:
“We are very disappointed for two reasons: first we thought Morocco on a sporting basis had the better candidature even against a much larger set of countries; and secondly because the African countries that voted against us are not fighting for our emancipation.”