Morocco is “at the forefront” in the development of women’s football, assured Fatma Samoura, Secretary General of the International Football Federation (FIFA) on Monday in Salé.
“Congratulations to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation for its avant-garde efforts for the development of football, especially women’s football,” Fatma Samoura told the press, on the sidelines of a visit to the Mohammed VI football complex in Maâmora (suburb of Dirty).
“I would like to thank the president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa for inviting me to this working meeting which falls within the framework of the win-win partnership between the International Football Federation and the FRMF”, said Fatma Samoura, who began a working visit to the Kingdom at the head of a large FIFA delegation.
“We came to show the FIFA administration that in Africa, there are countries which have invested a lot in the development of football at all levels and that the example of Morocco must encourage other African federations to do the same, ”she argued.
And to continue: “It is a pleasure to see that the site that we visited, here even a year ago, did not stop and that there is a project of extension of the Complex Mohammed VI of football, to bring all the football players under the same roof, with the opening of a football museum, a tremendous asset for Morocco ”.
“When you are in this center, you have the impression that you are not in Africa. But this jewel is indeed in Morocco with an African imprint and a total availability of the FRMF vis-à-vis CAF and FIFA, which will have a joint office at the level of this complex ”, he added. she says. She wanted to see this example serve as a model for other countries in Africa and around the world.
“Africa needs special attention in the development of football at all levels,” said, for his part, the president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, noting that “we are more interested in matches, results and players, but we forget the structural aspects of football development, namely infrastructure ”.
To this end, Fouzi Lekjaa, who presented an overview of the organization of Moroccan football, stressed that the national football development strategy has been faithful to its frame of reference, namely governance, training and infrastructure.
He indicated, in this regard, that the royal letter addressed to the national assizes on sport (Skhirat 2008) was the starting point for the development of sports infrastructure in the Kingdom, in particular football, before reviewing the site. support for the transformation of clubs into companies.
Fouzi Lekjaa also noted that different leagues have been created, namely the professional football league, the amateur football league, the women’s football league, the diversified football league, in addition to the restructuring of the regional leagues, noting moreover that a national beach soccer championship will start next September with 12 clubs.
The delegation led by Fatma Samoura previously visited the various outbuildings of the Mohammed VI football complex, where it was provided with explanations of this major infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the FIFA delegation will hold a meeting around the Fifa Forward Fund and the program to professionalize and modernize club governance.
On Thursday, the delegation headed to Saïdia where it will follow a presentation on the infrastructure development plan in Morocco, before going to Berkane on Friday to visit the training center of the local Renaissance Sportive (RSB) and certain infrastructures of the provincial football.