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Progress in women’s football highlighted at meetings in Morocco

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FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Gianni Infantino spoke of the need for football to strengthen cooperation across the African continent, and showed his support for the promotion of women’s football at the local level, following discussions with the Moroccan Minister of Foreign and International Affairs. Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the President of the Moroccan Football Federation (FMRF), Fouzi Lekjaa.

The FIFA president was speaking in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, after discussions which also focused on the country’s role in continental African football and the victory of the Atlas Lions, as winners of the Championship of CAF Africa of Nations (CHAN), earlier this month.

“It is a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country where football is so strong,” said the FIFA President after the first round of meetings with FMRF officials. “I have visited Morocco several times in the past and have noticed not only the passion for football but also the serious work of the federation, we are here to try to find out how we can benefit even more from this work . The MoulayAbdellah sports complex in Rabat and the infrastructures throughout the country, this can benefit the country, the whole of Africa and beyond. This is why we are here, to see what else we can do through football infrastructure in Morocco for the benefit of men’s and women’s football, as well as youth football, and we will leave here with a lot of ‘program ideas for the future.

Subsequent discussions followed with members of the Moroccan government, where the FIFA President congratulated Minister Bourita on the success of the men’s national football team in their success at the CHAN tournament in Cameroon. The FIFA president also highlighted the country’s and FMRF initiatives to involve more girls and women in football, and welcomed the recent launch of a four-year women’s football development plan, as as an important initiative to increase the value of women’s football by involving girls at local level in football.

“My talks with Minister Bourita were both interesting and productive, and I mentioned that Morocco is recognized as a leader in integrating more girls and women into football,” said the President of FIFA. “There are many positive changes, from the appointment of women’s referee Bouchra Karboubi in the national championship last October to the introduction of the new women’s football development strategy by the FMRF last summer.

“There are great opportunities here, and I can’t wait to see Morocco claim their place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I informed the Minister that FIFA will help the federation to develop and maintain football women across Morocco, so even more girls and women can get involved in football. ”

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