Failed World Cup Bid Shows the Limits of Morocco’s African Charm Offensive

Failed World Cup Bid Shows the Limits of Morocco’s African Charm Offensive
Morocco’s Romain Saiss reacts after his teammate Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal during the team’s opening loss to Iran at the 2018 World Cup, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 15, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Medichini).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Senior Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. This week’s vote to determine who would host the World Cup in 2026 was a major letdown for Morocco, made worse by a crushing loss to Iran in its opening match of the tournament Friday. The country had hoped to become just the second in Africa to secure hosting rights, after South Africa in 2010, but instead it lost decisively to the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The final vote tally by the members of […]

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