The football president said that stepping down from his position as the club chairman should not surprise the public.
Rabat – President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa has stepped down as the chairman of the Moroccan football club RS Berkane.
Chairman of the club since September 2009, Lekjaa announced his decision on Wednesday, August 21, saying that stepping down from the position should not be surprising.
“It is an opportunity to give way to a young president with good skills,” he said.
Former RS Berkane vice-president, Hakim Benabdellah, will succeed Lekjaa.
“It was a surprise as the decision was taken within 48 hours,” Benabdellah said.
Elected in 2014 as the FRMF president Lekjaa, 49, also serves as a vice president of the African Confederation of Football (CAF), a position held since July 2017.
In July 2019, the CAF executive committee appointed Lekjaa as its second vice president after the General Assembly of the confederation met in Cairo, Egypt.
Last season was significant for RS Berkane as the football club managed to win the 2018 Throne Cup in Morocco. The football club also reached the final of the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup against Egyptian football club Al Zamalek in May.
Benabdellah also expressed satisfaction with Lekjaa’s vision to give a new spirit to the club.
“We had a meeting with the president and he convinced us of his vision. Stepping down from his position does not mean that Lekjaa’s presence will shrink in the club. In contrast, Lekjaa will remain very close to the club and he will be working in other workshops.”