North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup: FIFA votes

Wed 13 Jun 2018 at 11:49 Sports
NNA - FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or in Morocco, taking football's global showpiece to Africa for just the second time.


The choice is clear -- between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities.


On the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 207 FIFA member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football's governing body.


Morocco's bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the runoff vote earlier this month, despite a FIFA evaluation report that classified the north African nation's stadiums, accommodation and transport as "high risk".


Morocco received only 2.7 out of five, with red flags raised over several critical components of the bid.


A FIFA summary of the bid taskforce's findings warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated".


The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear front-runner after giving it a rating of four out of five.--AFP


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