Morocco vs Madagascar: Why was the African Nations Championship game cancelled?


One of the big favorites of the tournament will not play in the group stage, they were one of the most anticipated national teams to reach the knockout stage. Check here why this game was cancelled.

The African Nations Cup 2022 started a month after the World Cup 2022, but this tournament was scheduled for August last year, but due to many counter factors, the games started in January 2023.

The top African teams in the CHAN 2022 tournament include Senegal, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Cameroon and Morocco. Three of these big favorites played in the previous World Cup, Senegal, Cameroon and Morocco.

Morocco had a good result during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which made them one of the biggest favorites to win the 2022 African Nations Championship, but things did not go as they expected.

Why was the Morocco game against Madagascar cancelled?

The game was canceled because the Algerian government denied Morocco’s national football team travel to Algeria (tournament host) using Morocco’s national airline.

The whole problem is related to the tensions between the two countries over the Western Sahara region, especially after some political comments made during the tournament opening.

Morocco were going to play in Group C as big favorites, they were going to share the group with Madagascar, Sudan and Ghana. That was the only CHAN group with two teams that had played in the recent World Cup.