Although the Moroccan U17 squad hasn’t formally confirmed that it will not compete in the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Algeria, a member of the Egyptian Football Association has already expressed interest in taking Morocco’s position.
The Egyptian team didn’t take long to start snooping on Morocco’s spot in the U17 CAN. For some, the precarious status of young Moroccan players is a blessing.
African Cup of Nations in Algeria
Ehab Elkomy, a member of the Egyptian Association of Football’s board of directors, told the press that the Egyptian national team is prepared to replace Morocco’s participation in the Nations Cup. soccer.
Egypt would aim to replace Morocco, who deservedly qualified for the CAN but was ousted during the qualifying round. The Egyptian diplomat did not want to respond to queries about why he believed Morocco would not take part in the CAN or why he believed Morocco would boycott to avoid making statements that might backfire.
- The Egyptian team didn’t take long to start snooping on Morocco‘s spot in the U17 CAN.
- The Moroccan national team will once again have to travel to Algeria
- Algeria should be barred from hosting any competitions as a result of the unsportsmanlike actions.
The two-time defending champion Morocco was prevented from competing in the 2023 edition of the African Nations Championship for Local Players (CHAN) because Algeria forbade the Moroccan plane from entering its airspace due to a diplomatic dispute with the Kingdom, but the same thing could happen for the CAN U17.
The Moroccan national team will once again have to travel to Algeria, which is hosting the competition this time around, and run the chance of hearing the same comment.
He is a member of group B and will compete against Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia between April 29 and May 19 in the cities of Algiers, Constantine, and Annaba.
The Algerian Football Federation should be subject to severe penalties for all of these bizarre and reprehensible actions, and Algeria should be barred from hosting any competitions as a result of these unsportsmanlike actions.
In any case, the president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, underlined that the Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is the official airline of Morocco’s national teams and protested the CAF’s decision for the CHAN, anticipating that the CAN U17 will experience the same blocking of Algeria.