The Botswana Football Federation (BFA) President MacLean Letshwiti has expressed his support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
According to a report by Botswana’s news outlet, Weekend Post, Letshwiti who also serves as CAF Reforms Committee member backs the North African country as they hope to host the world’s biggest football event.
“BFA through its president Maclean Letshwiti is expected to throw his weight behind Morocco for their bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” the newspaper reports.
Botswana is not the first country to announce its support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Nigeria, Morocco Tunisia and Algeria have expressed their desire to have the tournament hosted by the African economic powerhouse.
The rest of African countries are also believed to be behind Morocco with reports indicating that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) congress that was held in Casablanca last week discussed in detail on their desire of hosting the show piece on African soil, eight years from now.
“Together with other Southern regional football associations (Botswana Federation) believe it is only through cooperation and hard work that the world showpiece can return to Africa once more,” the paper report added.
This has been influenced by CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad who has on several occasions called on heads of football confederations in Africa to show support for Morocco’s bid.
“There is no room for discussions. As CAF president, it is an obligation for me to support Morocco’s bid,” Ahmad said in a press conference held in Casablanca on January 13 this year.
And during the recently held CAF’s 40th Ordinary General Assembly Ahmad also repeated the sentiment and said, “I will act according to the regulations, but the fact of speaking about it is already a support for Morocco. With time, we will see how to manoeuvre possible support for the candidature of Morocco for the 2026 World Cup.”
Morocco’s Royal Federation through its President Fouzi Lekjaa, submitted its candidacy to host the tournament on August 11, 2017 in an effort to stage a second football glittering tournament in Africa.