By Aziz Daouda
By Aziz Daouda
Morocco World News
Rabat, February 6, 2012
There are situations that can leave you puzzled, especially when it comes to your country’s reputation and interests. Recently, I was watching a sports show on the French channel France 24 about the salaries of the coaches for national teams taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations being played in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. I said to myself; Allahouma hada Munkar (this is outrageous).
The channel France 24 has just revealed that Eric Gerets, the coach for Morocco’s national football team, has a salary equivalent to that of the coaches of nine African countries participating in the CAN 2012. Eric Gerets is the same coach that promised, and failed, to bring the CAN trophy to Moroccans earlier this year. This begs the question of why this man’s salary is comparable to coaches who are still in the can, while he relaxes somewhere in a sumptuous villa rented with Moroccan taxpayer’s money
In all honesty, I never knew that my country was wealthy enough to grant such a gift to someone who turned out to be a notoriously incompetent. Have we become so rich without me noticing? Why have our officials hidden this wealth from us?
Now if Abdelillah Benkirane does not react to this atrocity, then it would mean that both him and his government are complicit in squandering taxpayer’s money.
Today it is clear that we are a gullible nation. Here is the table recently published by France 24. Do the math yourself my dear compatriots and see if you can sleep after viewing it.
Aziz Daouda served three times as the technical director of the Royal Moroccan Federation of Athletics. He was also the manager of numerous renowned Moroccan and foreign track and field world champions with whom he won several titles and world records, including Said Aouita, Hicham El Guerrouj, Nezha Bidouane, Jawad Gharib, Hasna Benhassi, Salah Hissou. He is a contributor to Morocco World News. He blogs at azizdaouda.blogspot.com.
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