46 heads of Football Associations (FAs) on the continent will attend the final of the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as the Olympic Atlas Lions of Morocco face the Pharaohs of Egypt in an all-North African affair this Saturday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.
According to reliable sources, all but eight Football Association presidents will be present at the match.
Morocco’s futuristic football blueprint and the Kingdom’s unrelenting quest to take African Football to the next level accounts for the expected massive turnout which provides an opportunity to exchange on the growth of the game continentally.
Morocco has opened its doors for the rest of the continent in the past decade as hosts of countless number of international matches for other nations without pre-condition.
The country’s ability to stage top events has been manifested throughout this U-23 AFCON tournament, earning praises from across the board.
Recently, the Kingdom of Morocco hosted the FIFA Club World Cup and multiple CAF Champions League finals among others, portraying its organizational prowess and its ability to deliver world class sporting events.
Real Madrid, one of the World’s most successful clubs and the great Brazil showered praises on Morocco during their visits early this year. Carlo Ancelloti of Real and Vinicius Jnr who came with Brazil last March only had kind words for the kingdom of Morocco.
This undoubtedly explains why bookmakers are rooting for Morocco’s 2025 AFCON host bid and even its historic Afro-European bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup alongside Spain and Portugal.
On the pitch, 2011 runners-up Morocco hope to hurt holders Egypt and crown a wonderful competition through which they have earned qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics games.
The fanfare demonstrated by fans throughout the tournament is foretelling of an electrifying atmosphere when host Morocco lock horns with Egypt in the final.
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