Rabat – During the opening of the first-ever Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Football Symposium, which is currently taking place in Marrakech, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad once again reaffirmed his full support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.
The CAF president made his statements during the opening ceremony of the two-day event. Speaking to the symposium attendees, Ahmad lauded King Mohammed VI’s efforts to promote the African football, calling it a source of pride for the African continent
“King Mohammed VI has sponsored the first CAF symposium with USD 3 million. He also sponsored the African Nations Championship of local players with USD 15 million. The CAF only paid USD 3 million. And today, this symposium of women’s football is also supported by the King.”
During the event, which is taking place under the theme “raising our game,” participants will discuss several football-related topics expected to put women’s football in Africa on the global map.
The panels will also discuss measures and the means to expand the practice of women’s football, develop the technical formation of the trainers, referees and instructors. The attendees will also discuss the role of women’s football in gender promotion and socialization.
CAF’s President has also wished the King a speedy recovery after he successfully underwent a heart surgery.
In July 2017, the North African country hosted a similar CAF symposium in Rabat to discuss key features of African football.
CAF’s 40th Ordinary General Assembly was also held in Morocco in Casablanca on February 2, 2018, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF’s president in attendance.
During the meeting, Ahmad made his position clear regarding the Moroccan bid, emphasizing that Morocco has proven its capacity to host major sports events like the World Cup.
“I can reassure you that I will not be neutral. I say it loud and clear,” said Ahmad. His statements come in response to remarks from FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino. At the same meeting, Infantino urged CAF to remain neutral in the selection process for the 2026 World Cup host.
However, Ahmad argued FIFA’s point, emphasizing that “nothing says that [he] cannot” support Morocco’s bid.