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African Sporting Powerhouse to Showcase Futsal Prowess and Continued Growth in Sports under King Mohammed VI’s Vision
Morocco, 8th in the world futsal rankings, and currently ranked as the best futsal team in Africa and the Arab world, has been selected as the host nation for the 2024 Futsal Africa Cup of Nations, as announced by the African Football Confederation (CAF). The Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) expressed its joy at this decision, underlining that the futsal competition serves as the qualifying event for the 2024 Uzbekistan Futsal World Cup, determining the top three teams.
(Source of the main picture: Morocco News)
Scheduled to take place in April, the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Morocco’s southern city of Laayoune. This marks the second time Morocco has been entrusted with hosting the tournament, following its previous stint in 2020. The competition qualifiers will take place in February, Morocco before hosting was confirmed was exempt along with Angola and Egypt. However, take part in the qualifiers are: Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Libya, Algeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cameroon, and Mauritania.
Morocco’s talent in futsal has been steadily gaining recognition, the national team has been the most active in 2023. Morocco has hosted France, and Croatia, competed against Argentina among other nations, and clinched the Arab Futsal Cup in June 2023 for the third consecutive year. The team’s success continued as they secured the Futsal Week title in Croatia last October, defeating Turkey 9-0 in the final.
In the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Morocco secured the second spot in their group behind Portugal, with draws against the eventual winners and Thailand, ending 3-3 and 1-1, respectively. Advancing to the round of 16, they encountered Venezuela, concluding the match with a hard-fought 2-3 scoreline, emerging as the victors. Progressing to the Quarter-Finals, they confronted the five-time champions Brazil, experiencing a 0-1 loss but giving a commendable performance that pushed the South American powerhouse until the final whistle.
The nation’s sports achievements extend beyond futsal, as Morocco is set to host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2025. A recent article in The Guardian praised Morocco’s sporting development, attributing it to the effective governance within the Moroccan Football Federation. The report highlighted the country’s exemplary football infrastructure on the African continent and commended King Mohammed VI’s vision for advancing football development in the region. Unlike many of its African counterparts, Morocco has stood out for its commitment to good governance in sports.
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