World soccer governing physique, FIFA, Sunday formally backed the dominion of Morocco to host the 2020 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) futsal match in Laayoune, noting that town to welcome the championship is Moroccan.
FIFA’s endorsement, posted on Twitter, offers a blow to each Algeria and South Africa, which lobbied the African soccer governing physique, CAF, to alter the venue of the match slated from Jan. 28 to February 7.
CAF has refused to succumb to pressures of Algeria and South Africa as the choice to stage the occasion within the kingdom was made unanimously again in 2018.
South Africa, lodged in group A with Morocco, Libya and Equatorial Guinea, determined not to participate within the Fustal over the venue of the match, Laayoune.
The sovereignty of Morocco over Laayoune and the remainder of the Sahara provinces is challenged by the separatist Polisario Entrance, which is supported by Pretoria and the ruling ANC.
After South Africa’s withdrawal from the match, CAF has chosen Mauritius to interchange Bafana Bafana.
As stipulated in article 80 of the regulatory provisions, if a professional staff withdraws earlier than the beginning of the ultimate match, it’s changed by the staff that comes subsequent within the group’s classification.
The Mauritius staff already arrived in Laayoune to participate within the match.
The president of the Mauritian Soccer Federation, Soubha Samir, mentioned he was happy with the selection of CAF. “It’s an honor to take part in CAN Futsal, as a result of it has been 40 years since we bought a participation in a remaining section of a continental competitors,” he mentioned.
Group A thus contains Morocco, Libya, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius, whereas Group B contains Egypt, Guinea, Angola and Mozambique.
The highest three groups within the Laayoune match will symbolize Africa on the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Lithuania from Sept.12 to Oct.4.