King Mohammed VI will receive the CAF President’s “Outstanding Achievement Award” on Tuesday, March 14 in recognition of his remarkable contributions to the development of African football in 2022.
The Moroccan monarch will receive the award from Patrice Motsepe, the President Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a distinguished ceremony in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, CAF indicated on Tuesday in a press release.
Several prominent sports figures will attend the event, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF Executive Committee, CAF Member Association Presidents, and “football legends,” added the statement.
In addition to King Mohammed VI, the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame will also receive the CAF President Award.
As part of the award ceremony, CAF is expected to announce the host of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Morocco is among the African nations that submitted their bid to host the continental tournament.
King Mohammed VI has been an outspoken supporter of African and Moroccan sports, notably football.
Following the Moroccan national football team’s fairytale run at the 2022 World Cup, the monarch welcomed the Atlas Lions with a big reception at the royal palace in Rabat in celebration of their achievements in Qatar. The king offered wissams (royal medals) to the players.
Prior to that, the monarch joined street celebrations in Rabat after the national team defeated Spain in the World Cup’s Round of 16. Carrying Morocco’s flag and wearing a Moroccan jersey, the king shared his happiness for the national team’s qualification for the tournament’s quarterfinals.
In addition, he was a fierce supporter of Morocco’s women national football team during their journey at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) and congratulated them for reaching the finals.
In a bid to reshape and give a new breath to Moroccan sports, Mohammed VI launch several projects and initiatives, including the Mohammed VI Football Academy in Sale, which he inaugurated in 2009.