KNVB calls world cup 2026 in America ‘missed opportunity’ for Africa

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The KNVB finds it a pity that the world cup of 2026, not in Morocco, but in the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the FIFA congress in Moscow voted the majority of FIFA member countries for the bid of the North and Central American countries.

“The result is really a missed opportunity,” said secretary-general Gijs de Jong, who along with back Michael van Praag in Moscow is present.

“We had the Morocco and Africa to be awarded. The football and so also the tournaments should also be reachable for smaller countries and less prosperous regions.”

Only once before was there a world cup in Africa was organized. At the tournament of 2010 in South Africa, handed the Orange to the final, in which Spain after extra-time to be strongly proved.

The U.S. organized the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of 1994 and Mexico came in 1970 and 1986 as the host. The North American bid received 134 votes, compared to 65 vote for Morocco. One country voted neutral.


The KNVB had a day for the election already know on Morocco to vote. “We have been clear for everyone,” said Prague. “The FIFA, and we also, found that also Morocco a good and reliable bid had been released.”

“We also wanted to if the KNVB loyalty show with the many players of Moroccan origin who have a significant role to play in our competitions.”

With Mbark Boussoufa, Hakim Ziyech, Karim El Ahmadi and the brothers Nordin and Sofyan Amrabat contains the current Moroccan selection of five players who are born in the Netherlands. Morocco plays Friday against Iran are first poulewedstrijd of the world cup in Russia.

The tournament is Thursday at 17.00 pm with the game between host Russia and Saudi Arabia.

View the match schedule of the world cup 2018


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