How Zambia voted in the 2026 World Cup bid
Zambia threw its weight behind Morocco in the voting for the World Cup 2026 bid which was awarded to the United (North American) bid comprising of Mexico, Canada and USA.
The Zambian vote was carried by FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and he stuck to earlier pronouncements in April by then acting Minister of Sports Charles Banda who had told in-coming Moroccan ambassador that Zambia would side with the North Africans.
Eleven African countries voted against Morocco in the bid despite the Arab nation counting on the strong support from fellow CAF member for the vote.
South Africa, Guinea, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Cape Verde, and Zimbabwe were the eleven African countries who voted for the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid.
There were 65 votes (33%) for Morocco’s bid. The United (North American) bid received 134 votes (67%), and Iran was the only country that voted for “none of the bids.”
With its fifth attempt to host, Morocco was hoping to be the second African country to host this far-reaching tournament. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.
Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups. Canada staged the Women’s World Cup in 2015.
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