The Royal Moroccan Federation of Football (FRMF) has reached a sponsorship agreement with telecommunication company, Inwi, which will see the entity come in as the sponsor of the Botola Pro National Championship for the 2020/21 season.
Since 2000, Maroc Telecom has been the official sponsor of the Botola for a 15 million dirham (US$1.6 million) per year contract.
But FRMF president Fouzi Lekjaa this week announced the development during a meeting of the body recently where the resumption dates for the new season were also announced. Inwi is a subsidiary of the group SNI and the Kuwaiti group Zain.
The vice-president of the National League of Professional Football, Abdessalam Belegchour, confirmed the national championship would roar to life on 4 December and run up to 18 August next year. Ahead of the new season, Lekjaa announced they would “proceed with some refurbishments of football infrastructure including natural grass coatings of the Saniet Rmel Stadium in Tetouan, the Municipal Stadium in Oued Zem, and the Ahmed Choukri stadium in Zemamra”.
The FRMF added the Throne Cup, the equivalent of England’s FA Cup, “will run concurrently with the domestic league”.
History was made in Morocco again last year when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used in a domestic league game for the first time in Africa. Following that successful trial, the FRMF has decided to further explore the possibility of using the technology in four games per week during the upcoming season to familiarise with it.
In September, Morocco was ranked as the best-performing country in the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup over the last five years. The 2019/20 season was won by Raja Casablanca.
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By PanAfrican Football Reporter