Rabat - While President of Uganda’s Football Association (FUFA) Moses Hassim Mogogo announced his official support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, he said that he does not have the last say when it comes to the interests of his country and the executive committee of FUFA.
Rabat – While President of Uganda’s Football Association (FUFA) Moses Hassim Mogogo announced his official support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, he said that he does not have the last say when it comes to the interests of his country and the executive committee of FUFA.
Uganda’s support for Morocco’s bid is pending approval from FUFA.
Mogogo told Uganda Radio on Monday that he “personally” support the Moroccan bid. “I am for our own African brother to win this bid to host the World Cup. But I cannot decide because we shall meet as an executive and make the final decision on who to vote for.”
Mogogo added that he believes the continent is ready to host the second African World Cup after South Africa hosted in 2010.
“We executive members of the Confederation of African Football decided that since we are Presidents of football back in our countries then we should support the Morocco bid,” he added.
The FUFA president has made it clear that the last word on Uganda’s support will come after consultations with the executive committee. If Uganda agrees to vote for Morocco, the kingdom can only hope the promise will last longer than South Africa’s fairweather support.
Change of heart?
A month ago, the president of South Africa’s Football Association, Danny Jordaan, expressed his full support for the Moroccan bid, saying that the federation will surely vote for the Moroccan bid. However, the government of South Africa took a different stance.
South Africa’s Minister of Sports Tokozile Xasa said: “We are very clear that we cannot support Morocco.”
The country’s parliament “was very straightforward in this regard, it is the mandate of the country, and it is an obligation for sporting bodies to understand what the country’s agenda is.”
Only 14 days remain until the big day when 211 football federations will gather in Moscow to vote for their favorite bid on June 13.
Morocco’s bid committee, however, seem to be aware of what may happen during the vote.
CEO of the Moroccan bid Hicham El Amrani told the BBC earlier this month that no one is “forced” to back the Moroccan bid “if he believes that it doesn’t serve the country or the country’s football interest.”
“Even if Africa has always acted in unity, unity does not mean 100% of all the member associations, this is part of the democratic process,” he added.
Several football federations might have changed their minds and chosen to support the US bid after Donald Trump’s threats.
Addressing countries that receive US financial support, Trump said “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid…”