The African Nations Championship (CHAN) reigning Champions Morocco have failed to show up for their match against Sudan .
The Referee’s and Sudanese players were at Stade Chahid-Hamlaoui stadium in expectation of the CHAN group C opener but unfortunately Morocco did not show up.
In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the Moroccan Football Federation (FMRF) says their team failed to fly to Algeria because the host country has restricted direct flights from Morocco’s capital, Rabat to the tournament’s host city, Constantine.
“The national team was unable to travel to the city of Constantine in order to participate in the seventh edition of the African Championship for local players, which will take place in Algeria between January 13 and February 4, 2023, to defend its title, which it won two years ago because we were not authorized to travel from Rabat-Salé Airport to Constantine Airport by Royal Air Maroc, the official carrier of the national team,” read part of the statement.
The reason Morocco, the reigning CHAN champions, were unable to fly directly to their neighbouring country, Algeria is due to the ongoing political tensions between the two north African countries.