THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered the teams participating in the African Super Cup, Champions League and Confederation Cup, including Nigeria’s Bendel Insurance and Rivers United, to hold moments of silence in the memory of the thousands of lives lost in recent days to natural disasters in Morocco and Libya.
While the worst earthquake in 60 years hit Morocco’s High Mountains last Friday and killed close to 3,000 people, floods have ravaged Libya’s northeast for days following Sunday’s Storm Daniel, leaving more than 11,000 dead.
CAF says it will observe a moment of silence at all its football matches, including the CAF Super Cup 2023, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup, all happening this weekend, to respect and honour the people who lost their lives as a result of the disasters.
CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe said: “On behalf of the Football Federations representing the 54 countries that are Members of CAF, we once more express our deep condolences to the families, the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football, the Libyan Football Federation, the Governments and the people of Morocco and Libya for the thousands of people who lost their lives during the catastrophic earthquake in Morocco and the floods in Libya.
“The people of Morocco and Libya are in our thoughts and prayers and may Allah console and comfort them during this painful and difficult period. We wish all the people who are injured a speedy and full recovery.”
PHOTO: A neighborhood in Libya ravaged by floods.