A devastating earthquake in Marrakech, Morocco, has had far-reaching consequences, including the postponement of a highly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match between Liberia and Morocco. The match was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9th, in the Moroccan city of Agadir, but the earthquake’s impact on the region forced a reconsideration.
The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck near Marrakech late on Friday night, leaving a tragic toll in its wake. Reports indicate that over 1,000 lives have been lost, with more than 1,400 individuals sustaining serious injuries. The catastrophe prompted swift action and decisions from the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
In a joint announcement, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and CAF stated, “Following the earthquake that affected some regions in Morocco, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announces the postponement of the match that was to take place on Saturday evening, September 9, 2023, between the national team and its Liberian counterpart, in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2024 African Cup of Nations – Côte d’Ivoire; until a later time, in agreement with the Confederation of African Football.”
The statement further conveyed the heartfelt condolences of the Moroccan football family to the bereaved families and expressed hope for the swift recovery of the injured. It is a somber moment for Morocco, and the nation’s football authorities have taken the compassionate decision to prioritize the well-being of their citizens.
While the match has been postponed, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) confirmed that all members of its delegation in Morocco were safe. The LFA issued a statement extending its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the people of Morocco in light of the devastating earthquake. The earthquake’s destructive force has left a lasting impact on the nation, and Liberia stands in solidarity with its African counterpart during this challenging period.
The LFA also reassured the families and loved ones of its delegation in Agadir, Morocco, that each member of the delegation was safe following the disaster.