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Liberian FA turns down Moroccos invitation

Kolubah Zayzay
Liberia FA President, Musa Bility
Liberia FA President, Musa Bility

 (elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 12, 2014)-The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has turned down an invitation from its Moroccan counterparts.

A report quotes Liberian football sources as saying: “Morocco had invited the LFA to partake in the Club World Cup Competition taking place in the North African nation’s capital, Rabat.

The report said: “Two Liberian Football Officials, amongst other foreign guests and African football officials, were due in Morocco to grace the Club World Cup Competition.”

It also said: “The LFA turned down the invitation, because of the Moroccan Football Association’s refusal to stage the Finals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in January and February, next year (2015).”

LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, confirmed the report and said: “The LFA could not be a part of the Club World Cup Event in Morocco, because doing so would mean we support the decision by our Moroccan counterpart not to host the 2015 Nations Cup as scheduled.”

Armah said: “The local Football Association is in support of CAF’s decision to change the tournament’s venue and stage it on time.”

Another report said: “Several African football associations, in support to CAF, have equally turned down invitations from the Moroccan FA to attend the FIFA Club World Cup Competition in Rabat.”

Morocco blamed its refusal to host the 2015 Finals of the Nations Cup on the outbreak of the ebola Virus disease in West Africa, but the country committed itself to staging the FIFA Club World Cup Competition this month (December, 2014).

Moroccan authorities had requested postponement of the tournament, but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rejected the country's request and selected Guinea Bissau as tournament’s host, thus throwing out Morocco from the event.

The FIFA Club World Cup is an annual football event that brings together champion teams from various confederations.

Africa is being represented by African Champions League winners, Entente Setif, of Algeria, while Europe is being represented by UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid.
The competition’s official opening ceremony, however, took place Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Rabat.

Meanwhile, African Champions, Entente Setif, will play New Zealand’s Auckland City in the Club World Cup in Morocco Saturday, December 13.

The Oceania Champions beat local side, Maghreb Tetouan, on penalties after full time ended goalless in Wednesday’s opening game of the tournament.   

 


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