Wednesday 22 May 2024

Togo’s Football Federation President Sees Mohammed VI Football Academy as Catalyst for Morocco’s Football Renaissance

Lomé – In a testament to the thriving state of Moroccan soccer, Togolese Football Federation (FTF) President Guy Kossi Akpovy highlighted the pivotal role played by the Mohammed VI Football Academy. Akpovy emphasized that the academy stands as a beacon of the burgeoning Moroccan soccer scene, underscoring the profound interest exhibited by HM King Mohammed VI in the sport’s development.

Morocco has embraced structural reforms aimed at propelling its football to new heights, with the Mohammed VI Football Academy emerging as a major driver of this transformative agenda, according to the FTF President’s statement to MAP.

Established in 2009, the academy has injected renewed vigor into Moroccan football through its commitment to providing high-level training. Akpovy lauded the Kingdom as a trailblazer in talent development, not only in Africa but on a global scale, citing the academy as a model to emulate.

“I had the honor of visiting the facilities of the Mohammed VI Academy. I believe that Moroccan football is very fortunate to have such a structure with high-quality sports facilities and training grounds. It is an excellent framework that promotes the growth of Moroccan football,” remarked Akpovy, expressing admiration for the academy’s infrastructure.

The success of the Mohammed VI Academy is evidenced by the emergence of football talents such as Youssef En-Nesyri and Nayef Aguerd, who have become integral members of the national team. Akpovy, also a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), noted the academy’s impact on Morocco’s unprecedented achievement at the last World Cup in Qatar, where the team reached the semi-finals.

“At the last World Cup in Qatar, Morocco honored the entire Africa by reaching, for the first time, the semi-finals of a World Cup. This is not a coincidence. In reality, the systematic approach of Moroccan training has a considerable impact on the performance of the national team. It is a true source of inspiration for my country, Togo,” emphasized Akpovy.

Spanning approximately 18 hectares, the Mohammed VI Football Academy, with investments totaling around MAD 140 million, adheres to the standards of world-class European training centers. It has been meticulously designed to provide young Moroccans with optimal conditions for receiving top-tier training, enabling them to progress to leading clubs in Morocco and Europe.

MAP

Related news

The Moroccan beach soccer team won the El Salvador Beach Soccer Cup 2024 tournament on Saturday, after beating its American counterpart (5-4).

Morocco’s goals were scored by Amine Bidouri, Zouhir Jabbari, Badr El Kraichly and Reda Zahraoui.

Morocco had beaten El Salvador in their opening match, before losing to Switzerland in their second game.

On the final day, the Moroccan squad took advantage of Switzerland’s defeat by El Salvador to take first place with 6 points and win the title.

Morocco’s national football team failed to score as they drew 0-0 with Mauritania in a friendly game, held Tuesday at the Grand Stadium of Agadir.

   From the outset of the game, the national squad faced a strong Mauritanian defensive block, pushing Walid Regragui’s men to maintain their pressure to create chances, notably through Soufiane Rahimi and Brahim Diaz, but in vain.

   The changes made in the second time by national coach Walid Regragui, with the exit of Soufiane Rahimi and Hakim Ziyech, replaced by Ilias Akhomach and Youssef En-Nesyri, did not make the expected difference.

   Last Friday, the Moroccan squad bested Angola 1-0 in a friendly game at the same stadium.

The Moroccan U17 football team beat Tunisia 1-0, Friday in Tunis, in a friendly game.

The Moroccan squad goal was scored by Aniss El ghizizal in the 79th minute.

The two teams will play a second friendly on March 25 in Tunis.

Morocco’s national football team beat Angol 1-0 in a friendly game, held Friday evening at the Grand stadium in Agadir.

The Atlas Lions dominated the game from start to finish, but they had to wait until the 71st minute for the opening goal, after Angolan defender David Carmo accidentally put the ball into his own net.

Despite this small win, the national squad, slightly reshuffled with the entry into play of Real Madrid star Brahim Diaz and AS Monaco player Eliesse Ben Seghir, played a great game against a well-organized Angolan defense.

Morocco will play another friendly against Mauritania on March 26 in the same city.

Morocco has been drawn into Group B alongside Argentina, Ukraine and the third-placed team in the upcoming U-23 Asian Cup, set for early May, for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament (Paris 2024), whose draw ceremony occurred on Wednesday in Paris.

The Atlas Cubs secured their place in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after reaching the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON-U23).

The Paris 2024 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will take place from 24 July to 9 August.

Groups :

Group A: France, United States, AFC 4 Intercontinental Play-off winner, Guinea and New Zealand

Group B: Argentina, Morocco, AFC 3 and Ukraine

Group C: AFC 2, Spain, Egypt and Dominican Republic

Group D: AFC 1, Paraguay, Mali and Israel

NB: AFC refers to the U-23 Asian Cup, scheduled for early May.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) on Thursday named Tarik Sektioui as the new head of the men’s Olympic team.

“This appointment is part of the new course set by the National Selection Commission which revolves around coordination and exchange between the technical executives of national teams,” the FRMF said in a press release.

The U23 national team will compete in the forthcoming Olympic Games, scheduled for July 26 to August 11, 2024 in Paris.