African delegates urge FIFA for rotation in World Cup hosting citing a flawed system in place
Posted: 14 June 2018 Time: 19:00
FIFA have been urged by African delegates to introduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco lost the 2026 bid to North America yesterday.
There has been a sense of bewilderment as Mexico, United States and Canada won the joint 'United bid' in favour of Morocco, despite Africa only hosting a single tournament in the history of the competition.
Mexico and the US have hosted the World Cup for a total of three times between them and it's believed their profit margin was a key decision in the choice.
"Rotation would be a solution," said Malawi FA president Walter Nyamilandu, as quoted by BBC Africa.
"We should ask for an amendment to the bidding process that would allow rotation to come back," added Liberia FA president Musa Bility.
Bility insisted that the rotation option that was abandoned in 2007 after South Africa won the rights to host the 2010 showpiece, should be reintroduced.
"I think this would be acceptable to Fifa because the World Cup is about taking football to the people," the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee member told BBC Sport.
"There is inequality in the status of countries around the world so you need laws that will allow the tournament to rotate. You saw the margin of the vote - there was no way Morocco was going to win.
"My biggest concern is that Africa won't be given a chance soon," Nyamilandu added.
"It might take a lot of years and a lot of convincing for the rest of the world to come and vote for Africa again. We had an opportunity and (the final vote) was clear testimony that Africa will not get support from the rest of the world.
"It's going to take a long time for Africa to host the World Cup."