JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Tokozile Xasa, has boldly declared South Africa would not vote for Morocco in their 2026 World Cup bid.
She said South Africa would not do so based on the country’s political stance in recognising the Western Sahara as a sovereign state, which has put it at loggerheads with Morocco.
She said this after the Safa president Danny Jordaan promised to vote for the continent’s only bid for the global showpiece as Morocco is also competing with a joint bid by the United State of America, Mexico and Canada. Safa then issued a retraction, saying their NEC would decide who Safa will vote for.
“We are very clear that we can’t support Morocco,” Xasa was quoted as saying. “Our 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.