"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World CupTM in history".
"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage. The lovely game transcends borders and cultures.
"Football today is the only victor".
Mwendwa's stance implies the likes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Benin, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Mozambique, Botswana, Cape Verde and Lesotho all went against a gentleman's agreement to vote for the North American bid. There was one abstention.
The Pharaohs fell in an arguably reasonable group, in their first World Cup appearance since 1990, alongside Uruguay, the hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.
"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday. "Together-in partnership with our Candidate Host Cities, the Member Associations, and FIFA-we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World CupsTM".
Morocco would have had to build several new stadiums and make significant infrastructure improvements. "And the boys on the football team made me feel at home". All of the proposed stadiums exist already.
Fifa desperately need the money and the United bid is anchored on an enormous revenue projection, with the world football governing body predicted to rack in $11 billion in profit from that.
That would bring each of FIFA's 211 members $50 million.
Morocco's Greenwich Mean Time zone is appealing to European television audiences and sponsors, and the country's proximity to Europe would also be convenient to the travelling fans.
Moroccan officials, who have stressed throughout their campaign how snatching the tournament from under the noses of the North American favourites will transform the landscape of their country, remain quietly confident they can upset the odds.
The event has since been moved to November to avoid Qatar's blistering summer temperatures, bribery accusations abound, and potential human rights violations at the stadium sites have caused outrage from the worldwide community.
Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14 billion in revenue and make an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.
It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.
"Our Canadian kids have got a big opportunity and I think that 2026 makes sure that many of them that might have left our shores to play for other countries will stay".
Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.
Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup. With three host countries, it would be natural to give all three host sides a Day 1 showcase. Mexico has played in every World Cup since 1990.