Barely days after the government of Morocco green-lit the restart of football activities, the women’s national team has gotten down to business at the state-of-the-art King Mohammed VI Complex.
Morocco’s Youth and Sport Minister Othman El Ferdaous this week declared the official resumption of the Moroccan Football League (Botola) will take place at the end of July. He further said phased training sessions were cleared to resume immediately for Moroccan football teams.
The head coach of the Atlas Lionesses of Morocco Kelly Ann Lindsey has wasted no time as the team prepares for the 2020 Women’s African Nations Cup Tournament qualifiers scheduled for later this year.
The tournament hosts have yet to be confirmed after the Republic of Congo withdrew as hosts. The 2020 tournament will be expanded from eight to 12 teams. The tournament is scheduled for 23 November to 20 December 2020.
Despite the uncertainty that surrounds the tournament due to the Covid-19 outbreak that halted football activities across the world, Lindsey is assembling a provisional squad of 25 players for a two-week training camp.
According to the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), players arrive at the state-of-the-art Mohammed VI Complex this weekend “with a series of medical controls” set to take place.
In strict compliance with the health protocols, “the girls, and all members of the team staff is expected to undergo the test before the camp opens with training on Monday”.
The FRMF has previously said it “gives priority to women’s football” hence the decision. However, the federation added the team would exercise extreme health precautions.
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By Mthokozisi Dube