Liberia has once again broken ranks with Africa after the Liberia Football Association officially endorsed the joint 2026 World Cup Bid of America, Canada and Mexico against Morocco.
Musa Hassan Bility said the decision to endorse the United States, Canada and Mexico bid followed series of consultations with 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, now President of Liberia George Weah and the Government of Liberia.
It can be recalled that in 2011, Liberia publicly declared support for Qatari, Mohamed bin Hammam, after Africa endorsed the re-election bid former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Bility boisterously told a news conference in Monrovia that the West Africa Football Union or WAFU, including Nigeria and Ghana agreed to back the Qatari’s bid and Liberia would benefit US$3,000,000 annually predicated upon her vote.
But days after Bility’s pronouncement, Nigeria Football Federation made it emphatically clear that at no time did it meet with the Liberian FA boss by then, or his colleagues from Ghana or any other WAFU members to declare support for Mohammed Bin Hammam.
The former LFA president’s decision, relative to President Weah involvement violates FIFA warning against political influence over bids and could likely land Liberia into trouble.
At a joint press conference recently with visiting Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, US President Donald Trump violated FIFA warning of political influence for the second time, when he asked African countries to endorse US, Canada and Mexico bid in return for support to the continent.
The Liberia leader involvement also amount to conflict of interest on ground that his son, Timothy Weah is a member US senior national team.
The 18-year old who plays his club football with Paris Saint-Germain in France, was receive his senior call-up to the US national team in the international friendly against Paraguay on March 27, 2018; having scored a hat trick for US against Paraguay at the Under-17 World Cup last October.
The vote takes place on June 13 in the Russian capital Moscow, with more than 200 of Fifa’s member association participating.
Another reason given by Mr. Bility is the long-running traditional relationship between Liberia and the United States, and the impact the World Cup will have on the many Liberians living in the United States of America.
Morocco is bidding to host the World Cup for a fifth time, with the hope of becoming the second African nation to stage the finals – after South Africa 2010 finals.