Lakjaa: We are awaiting an official response from CAF to settle Morocco's participation in CHAN 2023

“Morocco did not ask Algeria to plan a special trip for the participation of the Moroccan national under-23 team in CHAN” organized in Algeria between January 13 and February 4, 2023, Fouzi explained. Lekjaa after the Government Council. It is in fact a request for authorization so that the players can go, on January 10 at 2:45 p.m. to Constantine, by means of a direct flight from Rabat on board a Royal Air Maroc plane, according to the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF).

In a response to questions from journalists during the press briefing following the government council meeting on Thursday, the president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, declared that “Morocco is awaiting an official response from CAF regarding the authorization requested”noting that the specifications, intended for the organization of sporting events at continental and international level, provide that the organizing country provides all the facilities to the participating countries for their arrival in the host country in order to participate in the event .

Lekjaa thus clarified that “Contrary to what has been promoted in the last 24 hours, Morocco has requested that the plane that will transport the national team next January obtain authorization to land at the airport of Constantine, the city in which the national team will play » and to add that the official carrier of the national teams is none other than RAM.

The president of the FRMF explained in particular that the federation demanded that the national team go to the city of Constantine, which will host the matches of the Moroccan elite in this tournament, via a direct flight from the city of Rabat and by a private plane from Royal Air Maroc.

Recall that the FRMF had confirmed on Tuesday that the participation of the Moroccan national under-23 team in the CHAN tournament organized in Algeria is based on the availability of a direct airline from Morocco to Algeria to transport young Moroccan players to a private plane.

This Wednesday, Rachid Oukali, head of the organizing committee of the competition explained that “the specifications of a sporting event such as the African Championship of local players stipulates that the host of the competition has the obligation to secure the travel of the delegations of the participating countries” on national territory such as trips from the capital to Constantine, Oran or Annaba.

And the boss of the Organizing Committee of the African Cup of local players 2023 added that“there is no direct air link obligation”, explaining that “the majority of participating teams must make stopovers”.

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