The guests of the CAF Awards ceremony organized in Rabat underlined the good organization of this African football mass for the 2022 edition. Meanwhile, an Algerian campaign on social networks sought to discredit Morocco.
A few hours after the decoration of African football talents for the Best Players, Teams and Coaches Awards, tweets from accounts identified as Algerian began to criticize the organization and question Moroccan infrastructure.
After the blunders that marred the organization of the Mediterranean Games in Oran, where athletes of several nationalities and even the Games Committee itself were scandalized by dubious practices and shortcomings, it would seem that some Algerian Internet users are motivated by a spirit of revenge by attacking Morocco.
But, the kingdom, unlike Algeria, is used to hosting and organizing the biggest and most important festivities and world events, which welcome sportsmen, actors, musicians as well as heads of state and ministers.
While organizing the CAF Awards ceremony for the first time in the Moroccan capital, the kingdom surprised more than one journalist, more than one sportsman, through its organization deemed “excellent” and its stadiums to international standards. An event at the height, which respects Africa by offering its guests the best possible treatment, and which shows above all that the continent is as well equipped as Western countries.
“It was another event properly organized by Morocco. The CAF Awards 2022 were superb. What an evening! wrote sports journalist and ex-CAF media expert Collins Okinyo.
It was another properly organized Event by Morocco the #CAFAwards2022 was superb what an evening 👏 👌 pic.twitter.com/De5k4BLhSM
— Collins Okinyo (@bedjosessien) July 22, 2022
“Let’s dare to say it but the organization in Morocco is Champions League level guys, incredible level of infrastructure and reception,” said a user.
#CAFAwards2022 Let’s dare to say it but the organization in Morocco 🇲🇦 is Champions League level guys incredible level of infrastructure and welcome 🎉🥇
— BaBalamine (@ba_balamin) July 21, 2022
“Moroccan music, atmosphere, precise organization”, tweeted the Mauritanian journalist based in France, consultant for several international media, Lassana Camara.
Moroccan music, atmosphere, precise organization #CAFAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/bBxxN9XftO
— Lassana Camara (@mauritaniefoot) July 21, 2022
“We must congratulate the Moroccans, beautiful organization, exceptional”, wrote a user. And another to underline: “I love the organization, really everything is perfect”.
I love the organization. Literally everything on point #CAFAwards2022
— Katyanna~ (@katyanna25) July 21, 2022
We must congratulate the Moroccans 🇲🇦; beautiful organization 🤌🏾 exceptional.#CAFAwards2022
— El’hadji 🦁 (@ElhadjiAs13) July 21, 2022
For the dress code, the organization of Morocco indicated its preference, a “traditional dress”, to highlight the African heritage. And that’s how the big stars of African football, like Adebayor, have worn their best party outfits on occasion.
“Adebayor dazzled by Morocco and the work of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation: “The setting is very beautiful. We will have to have this kind of infrastructure in West Africa. We have the means. It’s always a pleasure to be present at this CAF Awards event,” tweeted Lassana Camara.
Adebayor dazzled by Morocco 🇲🇦 and the work of the @FRMFOFFICIAL “The setting is very beautiful. We will have to have these kinds of infrastructures in West Africa. We have the means. It’s always a pleasure to be present at this CAF Awards event… » 1/2 pic.twitter.com/7QErhrMjpl
— Lassana Camara (@mauritaniefoot) July 22, 2022
The Babatché the legend ADEBAYOR SHEYI yesterday at the CAF Awards 2022 ceremony in Morocco 🤎 pic.twitter.com/l6zJ0jAjTH
— The AdvertiserTg (@advertisertg) July 22, 2022
The presenter could also be seen dancing backstage to African music, which showed the jovial mood of the event.
When the 🎶 is too good. 💃🏽#CAFAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/KzsTWab0gu
— #CAFAwards2022 (@CAF_Online) July 22, 2022
The guests were then invited to a sumptuous gala dinner.
جوائز #الكاف 🛑 | عشاء خاص على شرف ضيوف #المملكه_المغربيه المغربية
كحل كحل يا كرغولي pic.twitter.com/cm7mqtvsuA
— سعادة السفير (@MLYMEHDiii) July 21, 2022
Algeria for its part, was the great absentee of this ceremony. The country which cut its diplomatic relations with Morocco last August, once again refused Rabat’s invitation and sent no representative to celebrate African football, in total disrespect towards CAF, the organizers, and nominees.
“Algeria was conspicuously absent from the 2022 CAF Awards ceremony,” tweeted Burkinabe sports reporter and CAF Online editor Ablam Gnamesso.
“Obviously, these trophies only matter if they are the ones who win them. It’s not fair to others, to themselves or to African football and the fans…” he added, paraphrasing a statement by Modric which referred to the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.
Algeria 🇩🇿 was conspicuous by its absence from the 2022 CAF Awards ceremony
“Obviously these trophies only matter if they are the ones who win them. It’s not fair to others, to themselves or to African football and the fans…”#CAFAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/g2AHrhXOTC
— A blam GNAMESSO 🌍® (@AblamGnamesso) July 22, 2022
” The CAF awards ceremony in Rabat was a majestic and brilliant ceremony to restore the dignity of the continent. The truth is that Morocco is far ahead neighboring countries ! There is no need to speak of a competition between him and African countries in the organization of international events, because he is now in competition with European countries. Morocco is a great asset for Africa,” one user tweeted.
كان حفلا مهيب وباهر رد الاعتبار للقاية
الحقيقة ان المغرب🇲🇦 هرب باشواط على دول الجوار! ولا مجال للحذيث عن منافسة بينه وبين دول افريقيا في تنظيم التظاهرات التظاهرات الاع الا لانه بات الان ينافس دول اوروبا👍🏽
المغرب مكسب كبير لافريقيا #CAFAwards2022 pic.twitter.com/8HlbRWUPqm
— الطوبي (@TobiMoroccan) July 21, 2022
Even Sadio Mané was impressed by Morocco’s infrastructure in a statement to FMRF during his training at the Mohammed VI Football Complex. “I never knew that we had this kind of sports complexes in Africa. Honestly I was surprised, but in a pleasant way. Exceptional what I just saw,” he said.