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Nawal El Moutawakel pleads for more women in African football

Written by FDM

Nawal El Moutawakel, President of the Moroccan Women’s Football Commission at the Moroccan football royal federation (FRMF), on Tuesday, March 6th, pleaded for the strengthening of women’s place in sports in Africa. Especially football.

“The African woman faces a series of challenges in various fields as a coach, an athlete or a sports executive, hence the necessity to meet them and take advantage of the strong will of the African Confederation of Football (CAF) leaders to improve the level and quality of women’s football in the continent,” Nawal El Moutawakel told the press on the sidelines of the CAF symposium on women’s football organized from 5-7 March in the ocher city.

“This major challenge requires the consolidation of infrastructure, the strengthening of the legal framework, the improvement of governance and more investment in order to develop this sport and raise it to the same level as that practiced in Europe,” she said.

On another note, the former athlete, who won the gold medal in the inaugural women’s 400 metres hurdles event at the Olympics in 1984, stressed that this symposium, the first on the African scale, comes to prove the strong determination of FRMF President Faouzi Lekjaa and CAF President Ahmad Ahmad who have put African women at the heart of their concerns .

Nawal El Moutawakel finally expressed the wish to see this meeting lead to a series of practical recommendations, “able to boost the practice of this sport among women at the continental level”.