Morocco congratulates North America on SWC 2026 win
Morocco SWC 2026 (Twitter)
Rabat - Morocco
congratulated the United States, Canada and Mexico after they defeated
the North African kingdom's bid to host the 2026 Soccer World Cup on Wednesday.
"At the 68th congress of @FIFAcom, member countries voted in favour
of North America" to host the tournament, Morocco's committee for the
2026 games said on Twitter.
"#Maroc2026 congratulates @United2026 on their victory."
The vote at FIFA's annual congress, held this year in Moscow, came a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Morocco had hoped to become the second country in Africa to host football's biggest competition, after South Africa in 2010.
But the vote's result was clear: 65 votes for Morocco and 134 votes for the North American trio.
Moroccan media nevertheless congratulated Morocco on its "realistic" bid, while others called its loss a "cold shower".
"I was sad when the winner was announced," said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.
"At the same time, I wasn't surprised because Morocco went up against
the American giant, which mobilised in recent weeks to influence
voters," Hadrioui said.
Said Belkhayat, a four-time member of Morocco's World Cup bid
committee, told AFP: "Like all Moroccans, I am sad and disappointed."
Morocco's bid was its fifth failure, after setbacks in 2010, 2006, 1998 and 1994.