Soccer World Cup: Morocco’s defeat is not Africa’s one

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The defeat of the Moroccan team is not African, any more than the victory of the “Northern country”, Europe, over the “Southern country”.

On another trend, Africa, is tired of hearing the many vocal political and ideological media comments from France about this World Cup semi-final where the Moroccan team’s defeat (2 goals to 0); an ideological attempt at restoration and manipulation is based on a simplified, ahistorical and decontextualized view came out.

The African continent is characterized above all by its political, ethnic and cultural diversity. Pan-African projects continue to be driven by the ambitions of rival nations and clans.

King Muhammad VI inherited this saying from his father, Hassan II, who said, “Morocco is a tree with deep roots in Africa and a tree that breathes through its leaves in Europe.”

However, since the slowdown of economic growth in Europe, he has been very active in political diplomacy and economic investment on the African continent to join ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), while maintaining a special relationship with the countries around the Mediterranean Sea.

The sea and other countries have a special relationship with the United States of America. However, this dominant ambition of a powerful Arab-Muslim country is often admired and respected in Africa, causing a certain fear of dominance among black, West and Central African peoples.

Now, 60 years after independence, this persistent outdated rhetoric between North and South deems all responsibility to African leaders and chronically underdeveloped peoples. We rather maintain and support this final and beneficial appeal from Gene Ziegler.

“In Aboriginal culture, collective identity and ancestral traditions, Southerners will find the courage to break free.”

In the meantime, expect to see some quality sport in the upcoming finals of the decidedly politicized World Cup.

Nour el Houda Bouzammour

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