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Morocco to Mobilize up to 3000 Police Officers per Match during CHAN 2018

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Morocco’s DGSN are determined to leave no door open for any act of violence and riots during the 2018 African Nation Championship (CHAN 2018) competition.

During the CHAN 2018, Moroccan authorities will deploy more than 2000 police officers in every game. The tournament is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, January 13 in Morocco.

This week, police elements, as well as the competition’s organizers, held several meetings to discuss coordination and collaboration efforts throughout the 15-day competition.

The matches of the tournament will be played in four stadiums of the country: Casablanca’s stadium, Agadir’s Adrar stadium, Tangier’s Ibn Batouta stadium and Marrakech’s stadium.

During the meetings, police officers explained their strategy to avoid any act of violence in order to ensure an exemplary organization. The number of policemen deployed in matches may reach up to 3000 officers.

According to Casablanca’s police, authorities will not allow drivers to park their cars close to the stadiums or nearby roads. Security checkpoints will also be installed throughout the country.

The opening ceremony of the tournament is expected to be marked by the presence of the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmed Ahmed, and CAF’s 3rd vice president Fouzi Lekjaa along with other African and international football figures.

Lekjaa, who is also President of Morocco’s Royal Federation of Football (FRMF), called on the Moroccan national football team to do their best during the competition.

The first game for the Moroccan team will be against Mauritania on Saturday, January 13.

Jamal Sellami, the team’s manager said during a press briefing that despite the absence of two key players due to injury, his team will do its best to clinch the 2018 CHAN title.

Sellami said that several factors can encourage his team to go very far in the 5th edition of the tournament: Morocco’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup and Wydad Casablanca’s CAF Champions League victory

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