Morocco, an African football destination of choice
Due to the high quality of the Kingdom’s infrastructure and its logistics and hotel capacities that meet international standards, seven African teams have set their sights on Morocco to play their qualifying matches at the football high mass.
These are the teams from Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Djibouti and Sudan, who will play in the stadiums of Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca and Tangier.
In this regard, the five stadiums will host, from October 6 to 12, eight matches counting for these qualifiers, as part of a specific preparation of these sports arenas, training grounds and hotel establishments.
In this sense, the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat will host the Guinea / Sudan match on October 9, while Burkina Faso and Djibouti will face each other back and forth at the Grand Stade de Marrakech on October 8 and 11.
For its part, Mali will meet Kenya on October 7 in Agadir, while Mozambique will cross swords with Cameroon on the 11 of the same month in Tangier.
As for the Moroccan selection, they will face Guinea Bissau on October 6 in Rabat, before meeting the same team on October 9 at the Mohammed V sports complex in Casablanca.
The Guinea / Morocco meeting, counting for the 2nd day and postponed due to security circumstances in Guinea, will be held on October 12 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat.
The choice made for the Kingdom by the African selections testifies, if need be, of Morocco’s sporting leadership at the African level, given the quality of its sporting infrastructures.
Under this heading, the president of CAF, the South African Patrice Motsepe, underlined during a recent visit to the Kingdom that he relies heavily on the experience of Morocco in order to develop infrastructure in African countries, in order to see stadiums emerge that meet the required criteria and standards.
In addition, the organization in Morocco of this large number of official matches is a source of pride and comforts the Kingdom’s place as an African leader. It is, ultimately, a recognition of the efforts made to promote the practice of football in the continent.
This choice is also dictated by the confidence placed by these selections in the Moroccan authorities, who do not skimp on the means in order to meet all the conditions for the success and influence of this type of sporting event, in accordance with the High Royal Guidelines aimed at deepening and consolidate South-South cooperation.
It is also an unequivocal recognition of the expertise accumulated by Morocco in the organization of major events, all of which corroborate Morocco’s ambition to host the largest international competitions.
Undoubtedly, the holding in the Kingdom of this large number of matches in one week reflects the sincere involvement of Morocco and its serious commitment in all initiatives of solidarity vis-à-vis the African brothers. It also reflects the strong links that Morocco maintains with the countries of the continent, which consider it a strategic platform, a link between the European and American spaces and a portal to the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
MAP / Omar Chlih