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National football: deserted stands and great ambitions … the year 2020 from A to Z


#An exceptional and unprecedented year. The year 2020 will forever remain in the annals of world and national football. #In #Morocco, as elsewhere, professionals and fans of the discipline have been forced to live out their passion in extraordinary conditions because of the pandemic. #But the year was also full of challenges, putting #Moroccan football on the right track.

#On #March 14, the #Royal #Moroccan #Football #Federation (FRMF) announces the suspension of all football matches in the #Kingdom, all categories combined, until further notice. #This is how, like everywhere in the world, football marked the beginning of its year.

#Unlike #European clubs which gradually resumed their training even before the confinement was lifted, the #Moroccan teams practically froze their activities, which will naturally impact the athletic state of the players after the resumption of competitions.

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A difficult return

#After almost four months of hiatus, the FRMF therefore decided to take over the #Botola, while rumors reported a possibility of announcing an early end of the championship. The #Fouzi #Lekjaâ department has thus chosen the date of #July 24 for the resumption of matches, with a precise device and health measures accompanying the preparations, training and matches, in the absence of supporters, which made the heyday of the #Botola before, especially when the football product offered on the lawn, leaves something to be desired.

#But none of this will prevent what the #Federation feared from happening. #Dozens of cases of #Covid-19 among clubs, before and after the resumption, matches postponed and matches played with diminished teams … #Or even matches suspended by the authorities for all to see, as immortalized the surrealist images broadcast on national television during the broadcast of the match between KAC Kénitra and #Widad Témara, on #July 29, interrupted by a representative of the local authorities, due to non-compliance with the health protocol. #On this test, it must be said, the clubs have failed.

The championship continues afterwards in difficulty, with a federal intervention which will force the clubs to put their players and staff in medical isolation while waiting for the end of the season.

#October 11, end clap. #Raja #Casablanca is declared crowned champion after suspense at the very last day of #Botola. #One less concern for the FRMF.

#Women’s #Football: finally the click?

#Since his arrival at the head of the FRMF, #Fouzi #Lekjaâ has not ceased to reiterate his attachment to the development of women’s football in #Morocco. #If 2021 will certainly be the year of the implementation, 2020 will still remain that of the realization of the idea and the birth of a big project, in synergy with the vision of FIFA which now relies on the popularization of football. feminine.

A few months after the installation of a new #National #Technical #Directorate (DTN), under the orders of #Osian #Roberts, the FRMF signed in #August, a target agreement with the #National #Women’s #Football #League (LNFF), the #Leagues regions and the #National #Technical #Directorate (DTN) in order to develop the discipline. The convention includes in its sports component the launch of a professional championship (D1, D2) and the establishment of a national U17 championship and regional championships for youth categories.

#Thing promised thing due. #During the month of #November, following a meeting of the FRMF steering committee, the latter announces the launch of the feminine #Botola. #In the process, the The draw for this very first #Botola will be made on #December 7 in #Rabat and broadcast live for #Moroccan viewers. #This first season will also be played with 14 teams over 26 days and will start at the start of 2021.

#In the same spirit, and as the national eleven necessarily remains the showcase of #Moroccan football abroad, the FRMF decides to bring back a heavyweight coach to ensure the mission in the company of the #Lionesses of the #Atlas. #She will appoint #French coach #Reynald #Pedros, new coach of the women’s national team. #It will also have to oversee all the national women’s teams, all categories combined. A benchmark in the world of women’s football. #In 2018, he was chosen by FIFA as the best coach of the year, thanks in particular to his success with #Olympique #Lyonnais. #Under his leadership, OL dominated the #European scene by winning two years in a row, 2018 and 2019, the #Champions #League title.

#Lekjaâ: after CAF, it’s FIFA

#Morocco is thinking big and it is legitimate. The means made available to #Moroccan football for its development and its comeback on the #African football scene through the authorities of the #African #Football #Confederation (CAF). #Fouzi #Lekjaâ, until now a member of the executive committee of the #African body and other influential bodies of the continental organization, applied for the post of member of the FIFA #Council on #December 11 at the next #Assembly CAF general meeting scheduled for #Rabat on #March 12, 2021.

#This is #Morocco’s first candidacy for this world sports body. #An important decision that will put the boss of national football, football representative of #Morocco on the international scene, facing important issues, he who enjoys the respect of #Infantino #Gianni, president of FIFA, “#He is passionate about football anyway, we do not discover it today. I am sure he will contribute to the development of #African football “, had confided in 2017 the boss of FIFA by evoking the president of the FRMF.

#Botola: ambitions and expectations

#With a new sponsor, #Inwi, the #Botola 2020/2021 therefore started on #December 4 with a tailor-made device to avoid the mistakes of the past in terms of planning and put an end to the repetitive postponements of matches which cause the disorganization of competitions and controversy, toxic for the unfolding of the deadlines, between clubs and professional league.

#In this sense, the FRMF has therefore engaged with a foreign company in charge of programming the #Spanish #Liga and the #English #Premier #League, to take care of the #Botola #Pro calendar in order to facilitate the smooth running of the national championship. #Via software offering several programs, the FRMF now has visibility regarding the organization of #Botola and #Cup matches.

#Even better, it has been decided that national clubs will participate in only one international competition each season depending on their rank in the national championship standings and in the #Throne #Cup matches.

#After five contested days in #Botola, the wheel seems to be turning well for the FRMF and the clubs which are now picking up the pace and getting used to playing their matches normally, within a very precise calendar, like all professional championships in the world. . #Hope it lasts.





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