The Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) stated on Sunday it might examine feedback made on the Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria to “liberate” the disputed Western Sahara, which has angered Morocco.
Neighboring Morocco and Algeria are locked in a bitter rivalry partly over Western Sahara, the place the Algerian-backed Polisario motion is searching for a referendum on independence.
Rabat sees Western Sahara as an integral a part of the dominion and a matter of extremely delicate safety and nationwide delight.
A speech by the grandson of late South African chief Nelson Mandela sparked anger in Morocco on the opening ceremony of the CHAN soccer event in Algeria on Friday.
“Fighter to free Western Sahara from oppression,” Mandla Mandela informed the gang on the Constantine Stadium of his grandfather, South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
“Remember Africa’s final colony, Western Sahara,” he added.
The Moroccan Soccer Federation known as the assertion provocative.
On Sunday, CAF stated it was “investigating and investigating political statements and occasions on the TotalEnergies CHAN Algeria 2022 opening ceremony”.
CAF emphasised that its place is to “be impartial in issues of a political nature”.
Morocco determined to not ship its under-23 crew to the CHAN event on Friday after Algeria refused to permit a direct flight from Rabat.
Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco in August 2021 and closed its airspace to all Moroccan flights the next month.
The CHAN organizers stated the crew might have made an oblique flight.
Morocco’s Atlas Lions Below-23 crew has gained the final two CHAN tournaments.