The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President's Outstanding Achievement Award 2022, awarded to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in Kigali, Rwanda.
On this occasion, His Majesty addressed a message to underscore the importance of youth for the future of the African continent. The Sovereign also stressed that gearing policies towards the youth will be the crucial driver in African development, and that the Award is in recognition of Africa’s youth population and its genius.
His Majesty the King further described the role of football in Morocco as a means of success as well as development. In this spirit the Sovereign has emphasised the linkage between education and football, and Morocco’s commitment to improving their skills through customized training, highlighting his devotion to the sport.
The award ceremony was also an occasion to recall Morocco’s impressive feats at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where they became the first Arab African nation to play in the semi-finals, in turn made history.
This is further exemplified by the Moroccan women’s football team who qualified, and will be playing in the 2023 Women’s World Cup here in Australia as well as New Zealand.
Importantly, HM the King officially announced that Morocco will join Spain and Portugal in their bid to host the FIFA 2030 Football World Cup. “This joint bid, which is unprecedented in football history, will bring together Africa and Europe, the northern and southern Mediterranean, and the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds”, continued HM the King.