PUSL.- Mauritius team followed South Africa and withdraw from the on-going Futsal Africa Cup of Nations that is being staged in El Aaiun, capital of occupied Western Sahara.
The team was ordered home by the country’s Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.
In CAF’s official statement we can read: “We would like to inform you that Mauritius Football Association announced its withdrawal from the Total Futsal Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2020 before the starting of the competition.
Hence, the matches of Mauritius vs Libye and Mairitius vs Morocco are cancelled and will not take place.”
Mauritius were only at the continental finals after South Africa boycoted the event in protest at the tournament being hosted in Western Sahara a territory over which Morocco has no sovereignity and occupies since 1975.
Both South Africa and Mauritius affirmed that had the Moroccans decided to host the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations in any city in the Kingdom‚ they would have honoured the call, but not in the occupied territories.
Moroccos choice of location was a challenge to recognise the country’s authority in the territory and legitimizing the claim they have over it.
CAF president Ahmad and FIFA’s appointed African head Fatma Samoura‚ allowed Morocco to choose the disputed territory to host the tournament when it was clear it would create political tensions and saw numerous protests from organizations worldwide.
The Moroccan Fouzi Lekjaa is the second vice-president at CAF and said to have influenced Ahmad to accept the location.withdrawal mauritius communique-signed