Saturday 15 June 2024

Mohammed VI Academy, Hub to Train Footballing Elite (NFF Ex-President)

Abuja – The Mohammed VI Football Academy is a major hub to train Morocco’s footballing elite, according to the former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.

“It is a world-class facility and an example for countries in Africa and beyond to follow,” Pinnick told MAP.

The Mohammed VI Football Academy is a breeding ground to train rising talented football stars, he stressed, congratulating Morocco on this occasion for “this formidable facility” which benefits not only the Kingdom, but also many other African countries, including Nigeria.

Pinnick pointed out that the boom in Moroccan football is largely the result of the Academy’s high-quality work in training and developing footballing skills.

The Mohammed VI Football Academy “marks a real paradigm shift” for Moroccan football, he added.

Morocco attaches great importance to the development of its sports infrastructure, particularly in football, and this choice has paid off in terms of the results achieved to date, he said, noting that the Kingdom’s experience in this field should inspire other nations to follow suit.


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Moroccan stadiums will host 9 international football matches, from June 5 to 11, as part of the third and fourth rounds of the 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers.

In doing so, the Kingdom has once again confirmed its position as the preferred destination for a number of African football teams to play their qualifying matches, their stadiums having been deemed non-compliant by the FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

In fact, eight African teams have decided to stage their matches at home in Morocco, given the high quality of the Kingdom’s sports infrastructure, logistical facilities and international-standard hotel accommodation. They are Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, The Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, Djibouti, Guinea, Chad and Seychelles.

In these qualifying matches, the Moroccan national team will face its Zambian counterpart (Group E) at the Grand Stadium of Agadir next Friday (8:00 pm).

Preparations in the health sector for the 2030 World Cup (Morocco-Spain-Portugal) were the focus of talks on Monday in Geneva between Morocco’s Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb, and his Spanish counterpart, Mónica García Gómez.

The talks took place on the sidelines of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) and focused on joint preparations for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Among the issues discussed were potential health challenges during the global sporting event and the importance of prior coordination to ensure health and emergency services readiness.

Building a strong health system capable of dealing with any emergency is a key factor in ensuring the success of this major sporting event, Ait Taleb said, adding that expertise and experience sharing between the three countries will be “crucial to delivering a safe and comfortable experience for fans and sports teams.”

The official also emphasized the importance of reinforcing the host cities’ health infrastructure and developing joint training programs for health personnel to prepare them to deal with any health emergencies and provide all the necessary health conditions and capacities to successfully organize this global sporting event.

For her part, Spain’s Minister of Health pointed out that “the coordination between Spain, Morocco, and Portugal in the field of health is an important step towards the organization of a safe and integrated world event, through the development of effective health strategies to offer the best services to fans and athletes alike.”
She also expressed her country’s “full readiness to cooperate with Morocco to ensure a safe and successful world sporting event,” describing the partnership between the two countries as “a solid basis for achieving the desired results.”
The talks also covered the implementation of the joint agreement signed in Rabat on February 2nd, 2023, at the 12th session of the Morocco-Spain high-level meeting.
The two ministers also stressed the importance of pursuing the implementation of the provisions of this agreement to make the most of bilateral cooperation, help improve the quality of healthcare services, and ensure the highest standards of primary healthcare in both countries.

Projects linked to the organization by Morocco, alongside Spain and Portugal, of the 2030 World Cup have been launched in all sectors, in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, said, on Thursday in Rabat, Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget, Fouzi Lekjaa.

Morocco will endeavor to ensure the success of this major event, Lekjaa told the press at the end of an enlarged meeting, held as part of the preparations for the 2030 World Cup.

It was devoted to the coordination between all the ministerial departments concerned, the setting up of a unified system of joint action and the implementation of an integrated roadmap, based on the proper fulfillment of commitments, the convergence of initiatives and interventions and the harmonization of their programming, within the framework of the complementary roles of the various stakeholders, so as to guarantee the necessary conditions and means enabling the Kingdom to succeed in the challenge of co-hosting this global sporting event with Spain and Portugal.

This edition will be, as intended by His Majesty the King, the best in the history of this event, added Lekjaa, noting that this enlarged meeting is part of a series of similar ones held since the announcement by the Sovereign to the Moroccan people of the good news of the organization by Morocco of the 2030 World Cup jointly with Spain and Portugal.

The Minister noted that the meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the work accomplished to date and to discuss the actions to be taken as soon as possible, stressing that the joint bid will be presented before the end of July and will be voted on by FIFA before the end of the year.

 In a strategic move aiming to harness talent and expertise, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB, Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond) has appointed Moroccan coach Adil Ramzi as the new head coach of the Dutch Under-18 team. The announcement was made on Monday, marking a significant development in Dutch football management.

Ramzi, a former Moroccan international, is set to commence his tenure on July 1st, as confirmed by the KNVB through their official statement on the social platform X. Expressing his gratitude and excitement for the opportunity, Ramzi stated, “I am proud to have received the necessary trust to work with the greatest talents of the Netherlands,” underscoring his commitment to the role.

Prior to this appointment, Ramzi had honed his coaching skills within the Dutch football landscape, notably serving as an assistant coach for the A team at PSV Eindhoven under the guidance of Mark Van Bommel. Additionally, he held the position of coach for the B team, demonstrating his multifaceted approach to coaching and player development.

Ramzi’s journey in football leadership also led him briefly to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca, where he assumed managerial responsibilities before his departure in December 2023.

The selection of Ramzi reflects KNVB’s strategic vision to diversify coaching staff and tap into international talent pools. With his wealth of experience and expertise, Ramzi is poised to play a pivotal role in nurturing the next generation of Dutch football stars.

Morocco has established itself as a global football power, President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, said.

   “Morocco has established itself as a global football power, not only on the field and sporting results, with obviously the historic qualification to the semi-final of the Qatar-2022 World Cup, but also as the host country of several major events”, FIFA President told the press upon his arrival on Sunday at the Rabat-Salé International Airport to attend in the final game of the African Cup of Nations in Futsal.

   “I am happy to have returned home, to the Kingdom of Morocco. It is football that dominates, breathes, vibrates and lives in this country,” he said.

   Regarding the futsal AFCON, Infantino said that “Morocco plays an important role as the host country”, hailing an “exceptional” organization.

   “On the eve of the 2030 World Cup, we know what Morocco knows and can do. We are proud to be part of this great team here in Morocco to participate in these future challenges which will change the image of football in the world thanks to Morocco”, he underlined.

HM King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to the members of the national futsal team who won, on Sunday in Rabat, the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations (Morocco 2024).

   In this message, HM the King expresses to the members of the national futsal team His warm congratulations for winning the 7th Futsal Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by the capital of the Kingdom, with hospitality and unparalleled organization.

   The Sovereign also expresses His great pride in the firm determination shown by the members of the national team to win, for the third time in a row, this continental title, driven by exemplary patriotism and serious commitment to promote Moroccan football and sport.

   Reiterating His congratulations to the members of the national team and all technical and administrative executives of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, His Majesty the King prays the Almighty to grant them greater success and awards during the 2024 World Cup in Uzbekistan, and in their sustained efforts to climb the highest steps of the podiums on continental and international levels.