The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, arrived on Saturday at Rabat-Salé airport to attend the opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) for women. Upon his arrival, he paid tribute to Morocco’s contribution to African football.
“It’s always extraordinary to be in Morocco, where I consider myself at home”, declared Mr. Motsepe to the press on his arrival, acknowledging in passing, “the contribution of Morocco, under the impetus of King Mohammed VI, and through the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), in favor of football in the Kingdom and throughout the African continent”.
The head of CAF also underlined that during his visits to African countries, he is instructed “to convey thanks to Morocco for the support it has provided for several years” to football on the continent.
He also expressed the wish that other African countries could “draw inspiration from this model offered by the Moroccan people in this area”.
Regarding the women’s CAN, Motsepe said he expected “an extraordinary competition”.
Note that the 14th edition of the women’s CAN, scheduled in Morocco from July 2 to 23, will take place at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, at the Prince Héritier Moulay El Hassan Sports Complex in Rabat and at the Mohammed V Sports Complex in Casablanca.
The first four teams from this CAN will qualify directly for the World Cup scheduled for Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
The Atlas Lionesses are in group A. They will face Burkina Faso, this Saturday July 3, Uganda (July 5) and Senegal (July 8). All the matches of this group will take place on the lawn of the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat.