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Morrocan Women’s Football Stars Shine at CAF Awards 2023

On the heels of the stellar record of the Moroccan men’s football team which has demonstrated its prowess on the world level, the spotlight now shifts to the country’s developing female football potential. Moroccan players, teams, and coaches alike emerged as serious competitors in several categories as CAF has released the nominations for the CAF Awards 2023, marking an important accomplishment for women’s football in the country.

A panel of CAF technical experts, legends, and media representatives acknowledged the rising prominence of Moroccan world football, highlighting the country’s devotion to sporting excellence for its achievements during the period from December, 2022 to November, 2023.

Anissa Lahmari, Fatima Tagnaout, Ghizlane Chebbak, and Khadija Er-Rmichi have earned their places among the contenders for the Player of the Year (women’s) category.

In the Goalkeeper of the Year (women’s) category, Imane Abdelahad of Morocco’s SC Casablanca stands tall among the nominees, demonstrating her exceptional efforts between the goalposts.

Moroccan talent extends further to the Interclub Player of the Year (women’s) category, where Aziza Rabbah, Fatima Tagnaout, and Ghizlane Chebbak from AS FAR showcase the prowess of Moroccan football clubs on the continental stage.

Morocco’s Young Player of the Year, Nesryne El Chad, illustrates the country’s ambition to nurture young talent, ensuring a bright future for women’s football in Africa.

Exemplifying the highest levels of coaching expertise, the former coach of the Moroccan National Team, Reynald Pedros, secured a spot as one of the nominees for Coach of the Year.

While Morocco’s men’s team has made a name for itself around the world, the nominations for the women’s categories signal the dawn of a new era for Moroccan football at the national, continental, and international levels.

The Awards Gala, which will take place on December 11, 2023 in Marrakech, promises to be a celebration of African football, with Morocco poised to shine brightly.

In a separate development, Morocco was chosen by the CAF to host the AFCON 2025, demonstrating the country’s overall ability to manage event planning in the sport, as well as its on-field football prowess.