The trip of Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) to South Africa to face, next Saturday in Johannesburg, the team of Kaizer Chiefs, for the 5th day of group matches of the African Champions League, greatly contributes to the Moroccan football influence in Africa, Moroccan Ambassador Youssef Amrani said Thursday.

In a statement on the occasion of his meeting in Johannesburg with the players and technical staff of the WAC, Mr. Amrani said that the prowess achieved by Wydad Casablanca and other Moroccan teams across the Continent constitute support for the diplomatic action of the Kingdom, promoted by His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

Highlighting the vanguard role of youth, not only in sport, but in the construction of all Moroccan society, Mr. Amrani noted that the presence of African players within the WAC team attests, once again, of the African projection of the Kingdom.

"Football and sport in general play a major role in bringing Morocco closer to Africa which remains a priority of the Kingdom's foreign policy," he underlined.

In the same vein, he explained that just like diplomacy, football contributes to the influence of Morocco's image in the African continent. “In these difficult times characterized by the health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the WAC has taken the initiative to travel to Johannesburg, thereby proving its commitment to represent, as it should be, national football and Morocco” he added.

On this occasion, the Ambassador congratulated the team for it qualification for the second round of this sporting competition and for its rank as leader of its group.

The WAC had largely won against the South African team of Kaizer Chiefs by 4 goals to 0, during the match played last February in Ouagadougou, for the first day (group C) of the African Football Champions League.