Morocco loses fifth bid to host World Cup

Africa’s last colonial power could not even secure the votes of the continent for the right to host the world’s most-watched sporting event in 2026.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino (R) poses with the United 2026 bid (Canada-Mexico-US) officials Carlos Cordeiro (3rd R), president of the United States Football Association, president of the Mexican Football Association Decio de Maria Serrano (2nd L), Steve Reed (2nd R), president of the Canadian Soccer Association, following the announcement of the 2026 World Cup host during the 68th Fifa Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Morocco has been left wondering whether its money or morality that’s made it a five-time loser in its bid to host the football World Cup.

Africa’s last colonial power could not even secure the votes of the continent for the right to host the world’s most-watched sporting event in 2026.

The joint bid of the United State, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup promises to earn $11 billion for Fifa, that’s more than twice what Morocco could’ve hoped to score.

At best Morocco spends many times what it could afford to maintain its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

The disappointed kingdom once again has to consider the reality that once faced the apartheid regime and that’s no normal sport is possible in an abnormal society.