The president of the Moroccan Federation is behind FIFA's change of the sports nationality laws ... and Africa is the most benefited
The proposal made by the President of the Moroccan Football Association, Faouzi Lajja, and strongly supported by the Confederation of African Football, to change FIFA laws related to sports nationality, was blessed by FIFA, and it was officially approved during the meeting held yesterday on the system Video remote communication.
The story of Moroccan player Mounir Al-Haddadi, who holds Spanish nationality in particular, was the driver of Lakja’s proposal, and one of the main reasons behind changing the law that was particularly troubling the African teams, which found it very difficult to benefit from the multinational players.
According to a FIFA press release, the new change stipulates that any international player will be allowed to change the national team, in the event that he has played with the national team less than three official international matches, provided that he is not more than 21 years old, and that he has not played a match in the World Cup Finals.
It is noteworthy that Mounir El Haddadi and before completing his 21 year, was called by the former Spain coach, Vicente Del Bosque, and played only a few minutes in a friendly match, and then disappeared after that, and previous laws did not allow him to change the national team and play for Morocco.
The Moroccan Federation, through Faouzi Lakja ', submitted a file in this regard to obtain an exception for the player, but the file remained in place for about three years.
With the support of the African Union, FIFA agreed to change the law, after it was discovered, according to African media, the injustice that was inflicted on a large number of players, who were prevented from playing for their original teams just because they played a few minutes in other teams.
African teams will benefit the most from this change, as the list of players available to them is very long.
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