Rabat – President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has given some explanations for the “betrayal” of some African countries that voted for United 2026, letting Morocco lose the 2026 World Cup hosting rights.
The President of the Guinean Football Federation, Antonio Souaré, blamed his “accidental” vote on the electronic voting system at the FIFA Congress. He claimed that the country had voted for Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and not for United 2026, the North American bid.
But the president of CAF has another version of the story.
In an interview with beIN Sports after the majority vote for United 2026, Ahmad Ahmad revealed that the African countries were under direct pressure to vote for the US-Mexico-Canada trio and that he himself was under pressure from FIFA.
He said he was even interviewed by a commission of the organization, an “illegal” act according to him.
“We did our best. Apparently, 45 countries in Africa voted (for Morocco), I think it’s honorable. To have 100% now is very difficult and then, given the strong political pressure of some heads of state in Africa it was not easy,” he said.
Out of 52 African football federations present at the vote in Moscow, a majority of 40 countries voted in favor of Morocco. However, United 2026 scored the support of 11 African countries: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Benin, Cape Verde, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Botswana, which had pledged support for Morocco, changed its heart during the vote to back United 2026.