Saturday, April 13, 2024

Botswana non-committal about voting for Morocco’s 2026 World cup bid

With two official bids having been submitted to FIFA to host the 2026 World cup, Botswana has not decided whether they will vote for Morocco’s 2026 bid on June 13 as it runs against the joint North American bid.

Prior to their World cup bid, Morocco Football Association (MFA) partnered with the BFA in an effort to develop, exchange and build greater synergy that contributes to the development of football between both football federations. Close sources indicate that the effort by MFA in such partnerships was to lure numbers that could assist the country in gunning down the world football extravaganza.

The agreement between the two federations is meant to develop football though development of sport events programs of training workshops, promoting development of women and youth football, mutual support between sports training centres, training of technical and administrative staff as well as match officials.

If Morocco successfully wins the bid, it will be the second African country to host the World cup after the 2010 tournament hosted by South Africa and also the second Arab and Muslim country after the 2022 tournament slated for Qatar. The North African giants have in the past hosted the 2013 and 2014 editions of the FIFA club World cup and the 2018 African Nations championships.

The 2028 FIFA World cup marks the introduction of the first tournament that will feature 48 teams after FIFA approved expansion from 32 teams. The tournament will open with a group stage consisting of 16 groups of three teams, with top two teams progressing from each group to a knockout tournament starting with round of 32 teams.

With 80 games to be played, Morocco is expected to have built stadiums with a capacity of 80 000 seats for the opening match and final while the group stage, knockout stages a capacity of 40 000 seats and 60 000 for the semi finals.

BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo said the BFA executive board will determine in two weeks on the decision where to cast their vote. ‘’We will be meeting with the executive board of the BFA on the last week of May to decide and it is not automatic that we are going to vote for Morocco as some may assume,” shortly said Mfolo.


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