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Sports These are the African nations that did not back Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup

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The "United Bid" garnered 134 votes, while the North African country amassed 65 votes.

play FIFA President Gianni Infantino, right, welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — as soccer's governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)

Morocco on Wednesday lost out to a joint bid fronted by the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The "United Bid" garnered 134 votes, while the North African country amassed 65 votes.

play The "United Bid" garnered 134 votes, while the North African country amassed 65 votes. (AP)

 

Of the 211 FIFA member nations, 200 cast a vote at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, with the winners needing a majority of 104.

The loss is Morocco’s fifth in a World Cup bidding process after previous tries in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

And while FIFA released the full votes on their website, it is now apparent that 11 of the 52 African nations that took part in the vote did not back the North African country's bid.

Corruption

They included Benin , Botswana , Cape Verde, Guinea, Lesotho , Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

play 11 of the 52 African nations that took part in the vote did not back Morocco's bid. (Courtesy)

Ghana was absent after the country's government said it had disbanded its football association amid allegations of widespread corruption.

Morocco was counting on the strong support of African countries but it seems the ten nations defied the continental solidarity and voted otheriwse.