CAF president "saddened" by Morocco's absence

The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, said he was “saddened” by the fact that the Moroccan football team could not take part in the African Championship for local players (CHAN-2023), in Algeria.

” It saddens me. I want these young people (the U23 team) to represent the Moroccan people, but also the Africans,” Motsepe told the press on his arrival Friday at Rabat-Salé Airport, accompanied by the president of the International Federation of football (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, to attend the draw ceremony for the Club World Cup, scheduled for February 1-11 in Morocco.

In a press release released Thursday, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) indicated that the Moroccan selection was unable to travel to Constantine in Algeria to compete in the 7th edition of CHAN and defend its title, in the as the final authorization for his Royal Air Maroc (RAM) flight, the official carrier of the Moroccan football teams, from Rabat to Constantine, has not been confirmed.

“I have spent the last few days doing everything possible in my discussions with the Algerian government,” Motsepe said, acknowledging the existence of a “blockage”.

And the president of CAF to maintain that “we are attached to the spirit of African brotherhood and want to work together in the context of football and to show the best side of African football”.

“We are not politicians. We don’t want politics to enter football,” he said.

According to Mr Motsepe, “we must, humbly, use football to unite people and we will succeed however long it takes, even years. We continue to work and we are all concerned”.

The president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, assured on Friday that the fact of depriving the Moroccan selection of defending its title at the African Nations Championship for local players, organized in Algeria, is “a very deplorable act”.

“It is truly deplorable to deprive young players who have been preparing for a month to participate in this African sports competition,” Lekjaa told the press, on the sidelines of the reception of Infantino and Motsepe at Rabat Airport. -Dirty.

The Moroccan football team, double champion of the CHAN title, was Friday morning at Rabat-Salé airport in anticipation of flying to Constantine to play this tournament, explained Lekjaa.

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