The president of the Normalisation Committee of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Dieudonné Happi, and the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, on Tuesday, 6 March 2018, made a joint statement to the media present in Marrakech, Morocco for the CAF Women’s Football Symposium, under the patronage of His Majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI.
The first to speak was the FRMF president, who straightaway and unambiguously placed the reason for this exceptional communication: “we wanted to talk to you to put an end to rumours making rounds in the media for a while. I reiterate the position of the FRMF and the Kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom is alongside our Cameroonian friends.
“And the FRMR is at the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon an African football festival. So the rumours are over (…) Relations between the King of Morocco and President Biya of Cameroon are relations that are above the football manifestations”.
The president of the Normalisation Committee of FECAFOOT followed suit in the same direction: “the relationship between the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, and the King of Morocco has never suffered from any cold whatsoever. Moroccans and Cameroonians have always lived together in peace, harmony and solidarity”.
The solidarity, that Happi, considers as the foundation of living together as Africans and the Total AFCON Cameroon 2019, should be a new manifestation.
“I told the President, choose the areas of partnership. We are at your side today to put at your disposal all our devices, assets to make AFCON 2019, the first with 24 teams, an African football festival on the soil of our dear brother country and friend,” Lekjaa concluded.