The Confederation of African Football (CAF) this week unveiled the nominees for the CAF Women's Awards, which in turn saw a strong Moroccan presence in the final lists of the best in African women's football, adding to the nominations for the men's category, which in turn had produced Moroccan dominance on various lists.
This comes at a time when Moroccan football is witnessing a boom that has made its clubs shine at the continental level in recent years, and enabled its team to reach the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup as the first Arab and African team to achieve this feat.
CAF nominated four Moroccan players and three Moroccan players for the best in the continent award:
- Yassine Bouno (Saudi Al Hilal).
- Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain).
- Youssef Nasiri (Sevilla).
- Sofiane Amrabat (Manchester United).
- Gazelle nets (Royal Moroccan Army).
- Anissa Hammari (Levante of Spain).
- Fatima Taghnaout (Royal Moroccan Army).
With three seats, Morocco is vying for the continent's best coach award with Atlas Lions coach Walid Regraki, former Moroccan women's national team coach Reinald Bidros and Sporting Casablanca women's coach Mehdi Qichori.
The success of Moroccan football
A number of football observers say that the reason for Morocco's dominance in the lists of candidates for the Best in Africa awards for 2023 is due to the important place that Moroccan football has begun to occupy in the football map at the continental level.
Sports critic Mohamed Magoudi believes that the brilliance of Moroccan clubs at the continental level, Morocco's rapid rise in the World Cup in Qatar, as well as the balanced presence of names playing at high levels, give Morocco legitimacy to be one of the leading contenders for African awards.
Magoudi believes in a statement to the site "Sky News Arabia" that the protector of the den of the "Atlas Lions" Yassine Bounou in particular has the best luck to win the Ballon d'Or this year.
The speaker believes that among the factors that contributed to the football revolution that Morocco is currently witnessing is its adoption:
- A strategy that acquires a Moroccan identity in the field of training by selecting the best trainers, working from the bottom up and giving importance to the youth.
- Trends towards the development of women's football through the training of coaches and the expansion of the base of women's football practice.
- Developing the sports infrastructure and creating many major clubs for training and training centers.
The most important achievements of Moroccan football
Moroccan football has made important achievements in recent years, in particular:
- Morocco reached the semi-finals and finished fourth at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
- FAR Ladies Club wins the 2022 CAF Champions League title.
- Wydad Casablanca was crowned African champions in 2022.
- Nahdet Berkane Club crowned the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup.
- Morocco's women's team qualified for the second round on their first participation at the 2023 Australia™ New Zealand World Cup.
- Morocco's U-17 team reached the quarter-finals of the 2023 Indonesia World Cup.
- Women's Sporting Club Casablanca reached the final of the CAF Champions League Côte d'Ivoire 2023.
- The Moroccan Olympic team wins the African U-23 Cup title Morocco 2023.
CAF guests in Marrakech
For the second consecutive year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen Morocco to host the CAF Awards ceremony scheduled for December 11th in Marrakech.
Last year, Rabat hosted the CAF Confederation Awards, which saw Senegalese Sadio Mane, a player of Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr, win the continent's best player award.
The choice of Marrakech to host this important continental event is dictated by the city's prestigious position as a global tourist destination, and reinforces Morocco's confidence at the continental and international levels and its ability to host various sporting events, and to provide the best conditions to receive African football stars and various international figures, said Mohamed Magoudi.