from the airport, Morocco ratifies its package for Algeria!
After a completely insane 24 hours of seeing his supporters walk by in all their statesMorocco has formalized its package for the CHANNEL 2022 which starts this Friday in Algeria. The information was given by the president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, from the Rabat-Salé airport, which the selection had joined in the early morning, waiting for a flight authorization for Constantine and Algeria. Unsurprisingly, Algiers’ green light was never granted as host country CHAN closed airspace with its neighbor in September 2021.It is a pity that young players who have been preparing for months are being denied participation in this African sporting event“, complained the leader.
Lekjaa statement right now 🎙pic.twitter.com/z008tE8Lpn
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Through this staging, because that is what it is about, the Moroccans believe they have shown that they have done everything possible to participate in CHAN, thus placing the blame on the neighbor. Having arrived in Rabat to attend the draw for the Club World Cup, the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, and that of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, met in particular with the players waiting at the airport… he had indicated since December 27 that he would give up participating in the tournament in the absence of authorization for a direct flight.
CAF in trouble
Sportingly, it is a big loss for this CHAN because Atlas Lions are the holders of the double title and were among the favorites even though they planned to take part in the competition with their U23 selection. The CAF will therefore have to adapt and deal with a group B reduced in extremis to three teams: Sudan, Madagascar and Ghana. For its part, Morocco incurs possible sanctions, which will obviously be limited to the next editions of CHAN and without impact on selection A.
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