Saturday May 26, 2018. 13:30
The Liberian Football Association has announced that it will not support Morocco’s 2026 FIFA World Cup bid.
The Liberian FA is set to break ranks with Africa and vote against the North Africans when the decision on who will host the 2026 World Cup is held next month.
According to media reports, Liberia is supporting the triple North American bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
In a statement, LFA president Musa Bility said the decision came after talks with President and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah and the Government of Liberia.
The vote will take place on June 13 and will be held in the Russian capital Moscow, with more than 200 of FIFA's member associations deciding who will host the first 48-team World Cup.
"Bility said the long-running traditional relationship between Liberia and the United States, the many Liberians living in the US and the impact the World Cup will have on them were key in its endorsement decision," reads the statement.
On the other hand, the BBC website reports that Liberia also highlighted the commercial value of the triple bid.
The Moroccans are bidding to host the World Cup for a fifth time and want to become only the second African nation to stage the finals - after the 2010 finals took place in South Africa.