The Royal Moroccan Football Federation on Tuesday morning announced that it will donate all the proceeds from the friendly match between Morocco and Burkina Faso to be played tonight (Tuesday, 12 September 2023) to the Special Fund dedicated to receiving voluntary solidarity contributions for managing the consequences of the earthquake.
Morocco was devasted by the earthquake that killed scores of people in the city of Marrakesh.
The majority of the gate-takings are expected from the Moroccan community living abroad.
The Atlas Lions have qualified for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivorie and are now preparing for the tournament with a series of friendly games.
However, the second friendly match that was expected to take place on Monday, between Morocco and Brazil’s U23 squads as part of their preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympics, was cancelled.
It fell within the three-day national mourning declared by the Royal Office of King Mohammed VI.
The national football family has sent its sympathy and profound condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wishes those injured a speedy recovery in these difficult times.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
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