A leaked FIFA technical report on bids to host Africa’s first World Cup in 2010 puts South Africa ahead of Egypt and Morocco with the joint bid from Tunisia and Libya out of the running.

FIFA is due to publish the details later today with the vote to decide which country will host the 2010 World Cup taking place on May 15.

FIFA’s technical team has visited Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and South Africa to assess the respective bids.

“The report rates what the FIFA inspection team had seen of SA’s ability to host the World Cup as ‘excellent’, followed by Egypt as ‘very good’, Morocco as ‘good’ and Libya and Tunisia’s bid as a non-starter,” South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper said on Tuesday.

The Daily Sun described the leaking of the report as “a political move to sideline Morocco” ahead of the FIFA vote.