Rabat – Morocco is more than ever decided to hold the 2026 World Cup. After campaigning in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, Morocco 2026’s organizing committee is setting its sight on Central Asia, with the aim of convincing that part of the world that the kingdom’s bid is the more deserving one in this 2026 scramble.As the defining hour for the vote approaches, the fierce competition to win the hearts and minds of the FIFA community is nowhere near its end. According to recent reports, an important Moroccan delegation has paid a working visit to Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. Moroccan officials spoke to their central Asian counterparts in terms of lending their support and vote to the North African country’s bid.The delegation was headed by Morocco’s ambassador to Russia and convened other Moroccan diplomats who, armed with their knowledge of the diplomatic world, are now engaged in campaigns aimed at persuading their counterparts of the merits and potentials of Morocco’s bid. This Central Asian episode is said to be an important step in the country’s global plan to counter United 2026’s—USA/Canada/Mexico—recent orchestrated campaign to disparage Morocco’s organizational capacities as well as its financial, socio-cultural, and a score of other assets related to the hosting of the FIFA World-Cup.And while the North American trio is showcasing its huge stadiums and ‘formidable’ infrastructures, Morocco is reported to be campaigning in terms of “smart” and compelling efforts that foreground the historical, touristic, and socio-cultural “marvels” that the country “can offer” to the many fans and teams who will be visiting during the 2026 edition.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested after an assault investigation led to the seizure of $58,000 worth of cocaine in a St. Catharines.Niagara police launched an investigation on Tuesday into an alleged assault on a St. Catharines woman.Investigators believed the suspect in the assault was also trafficking cocaine. “Surveillance was conducted on this male which led Police to observe suspected drug transactions,” said Niagara police in a news release.Robert Mulundika, of St. Catharines, was arrested by police and was found to be in possession of crack cocaine.A search warrant was executed at his home in St. Catharines and seized 585 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine as well as $2,480 in cash.Mulundika is facing six charges including assault, uttering threats and trafficking cocaine.He was held for a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in court later Wednesday.