MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on World Cup preparations and meetings of football leaders ahead of the tournament in Russia (all times local):More than 50 African voting federations are being urged to show unity as a continent and back Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
El Hadji Diouf, the former Senegal and Liverpool forward, urged African football leaders to “hold hands” on Wednesday when Morocco competes with the North American bid.
Liberia, Namibia and Zimbabwe have pledged support in recent weeks for the joint United States-Canada-Mexico candidate. The North Americans have targeted voters in the southern African group known as COSAFA.
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad asked voters to “show cohesion within our continent.”
The Madagascar official says: “I think there is an obligation to remain within our family. But of course it is an individual choice.”
The Morocco and North American bid leaders are meeting voters from five of FIFA’s six continental bodies on Monday. Europe’s UEFA meets in Moscow on Tuesday.