The Moroccan delegation taking part at the sixth edition of the African Nations championship in Cameroon, have refused to lodged in a CAF approved hotel in Yaoundé.
The Atlas Lions of coach Lhoussaine Ammouta qualified for the final of the competition after thumping host Cameroon 4#nil in Limbe last Wednesday and will now face the Eagles of Mali in the final on Sunday in Yaoundé.
Haven played most of their matches in the Economic capital, Douala, Morocco had to make the journey to Yaoundé, where the final will be played.
Upon their arrival in Yaoundé, the Moroccans surprisingly refused to lodge at Hotel La Falaise, that was reserved for them by the Local organizing committee of CHAN 2020. The Moroccans instead preferred to lodge at Hotel Relaxe situated at Nkometou, on the outskirt of Yaoundé.
The director of the competition, Dissake Mbarga Michel, has now written to the Confederation of African football, to report about Morocco’s refusal to lodge in the hotel reserved for them.
“I want to inform you that the Moroccan team qualified for the final of the 6th edition of the African Nations championship, have chosen to lodge at Hotel Relaxe situated in Nkometou, a locality out of the city of Yaoundé, instead of hotel la Falaise reserved by the local organizing committee.
“It is important to note that Hotel Relaxe was not homologated by CAF and consequently the local organizing committee distance itself from any inconveniences the Moroccan delegation could face as a result of the non_respect of the lodging plan”, reads Dissake Mbarga Michel’s letter to CAF.
It is not the first time the Moroccans have turned down a lodging facility provided by the local organizing committee. Before their semi final game against Cameroon last Thursday in Limbe, Morocco preferred to stay back in Douala and only embarked for Limbe on match day.
It is rumoured that the Covid-19 controversies that hit the Leopards of DR Congo, made the Moroccans to be cautious, and lost trust in the Local organizing committee.
Morocco is the first country to qualify for back_to_back finals of the CHAN, and are well on course to retaining the title they won at home in 2018.