Morocco & North America To Come To SA For Last WC Bid Push
Morocco and North America 2026 World Cup bid committees to arrive in SA for COSAFA backing
The Siya crew has been reliably informed that the 2026 World Cup bid committees of Morocco and North America will make a final push to earn the votes of the COSAFA regions.
Morocco initially had the backing of the South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Dr Danny Jordaan to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, however, that changed when Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa plunged the FA into confusion after urging SAFA not to vote for Morocco due to strained political relations between the two nations.
Now the crew understands that both Morocco and the joint North American bid (comprising of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America) will be in the country ahead of the COSAFA Cup to earn the votes of the 14 regions that make up COSAFA.
“I can confirm that both the North American and Moroccan bids will arrive in South Africa to motivate for their 2026 World Cup bids,” revealed a Siya source.
“COSAFA is a very strategic region and will no doubt provide the significant weight behind either World Cup bid,” added the source.
Earlier this month the Moroccans sent a delegation to SAFA to seek the advice of Dr Jordaan on bidding and hosting a successful World Cup. The delegation also comprised of former Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf.
News reports have also reported that Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad along with a delegation are in the country in the hopes of persuading SAFA to back Morocco’s bid.
Meanwhile, the COSAFA Cup is scheduled to commence on 27 May 2018 and run till 09 Jun 2018.