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“We made the right choice”-Morocco responds to refusal to settle in CAF approved hotel

By Beng Emmanuel

Morocco’s head coach Houcine Ammouta has reacted to his team’s refusal to lodge at the CAF approved hotel in Yaoundé reserved by the Local organizing committee.  

He said he didn’t want his team to suffer from the same fate like the DR Congo squad where several players tested positive for the coronavirus. Consequently, they settled in a different hotel at the outskirts of the nation’s capital-Yaoundé. 

His reaction comes after the tournament Director of the 2020 African Nations championship Michel Dissake Mbarga wrote to the African regulatory football body, CAF about their denial. 

It is the second time Morocco has turned down an approved facility. During the semi-final clash against host nation Cameroon, the team stayed and trained in Douala instead of Limbe where they were expected. They only travelled over for the encounter which they thrashed the Intermediate Lions 4-0 to reach the final. 

But why the refusal?

“To simply limit the conditions to help spread the virus. We observed the same situation with the Democratic Republic of Congo. So we thought it wise to settle in a smaller hotel, very clean. It is probably not of the same standard with La Falaise hotel,” Ammouta said. 

“We wanted to stay together in a smaller hotel where we are able to see each other after every five minutes. Contrary to La Falaise that is bigger. I think we made the right choice,” he added. 

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