In the course of the next few months, we shall be paying homage to Morocco, which seems to be fast becoming a beehive of football activity on a global platform.
Last week, the Executive Committee of CAF ratified and approved the plans and cities earmarked for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The cities of Marrakech, Agadir, Tangier and Casablanca have all been penciled for the competition which will flag off on 17 January 2015.
Prior to that, though, Morocco will be playing host to the next two editions of the FIFA Clubs World Cup, which is a competition for the winning clubsides in their respective confederations champions leagues.
Karim Alem is the events Director of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Clubs World Cup and also for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations “It is a lot of work, but it is deserved. We have been at the forefront of opening our doors to hosting big football tournaments for many years and this is a good chance for us to prove that our previous bids to host the World Cup were no fantasy”.
The stadium in Marrakech is relatively new, while Casablanca is undergoing a major facelift. “Agadir Stadium is brand new, and will be hosting its first ever match in a few weeks. This is the second stadium that will be used for this year’s FIFA Clubs World Cup in December – the other one being the Marrakech Stadium” Adel remarked.
All facilities seem to be in top shape with direct road access between the venues to aid transportation and movement.
“We are truly a football nation and we want to show that we can do it. Because, my thinking is that when the World Cup can finally come back to Africa, which we are hoping will be 2026, we want to be in with a shout to win the hosting right, and we want the world to know us before we bid, so they can judge us on the merit of our performance”, he concluded.