The 2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations is taking place from January 28 to February 7th 2020 in Western Sahara a country that 75% of its surface militarily occupied by Morocco .
9 teams are competing in this Cup in glaring contradiction to the values of sport. Group A : Mauritius , Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Morocco .group B : Egypt, Guinea, Angola and Mozambique. Each team consists of 5 players and Substitute.
It should be noted that Mauritius have withdrawn from the tournament for ethical reasons.(According to the media) After the first match. Note also that there is no Sahrawi team in this competition.
Since January 28th In El-Aaiun capital of occupied Western Sahara roadblocks and barricades surround the football Hall, control and effectively block all access.Policemen and Intelligence officers are ubiquitous in the area and in the surrounding streets and alleys
The first matches were only accessible for an invited audience, duly selected. A reporter who introduced himself as such in order to attend the first match was banned from entering without any explanation. He is a member of Equipe Media a Western Saharan news agency in occupied terrirories (EM).
Once Mauritius has withdrawn from the tournament with political bustles, the access is no longer contingent with special invitations. However on February 1st, 3 journalists of the same agency EM , sports enthusiasts, could not exceed the first roadblock. 300 metres from the entrance of the stadim where intelligence agents recognized and denying them access to the area.
They also ostensibly followed them to the car and cab and made sure that they departed from the area.
These kinds of intimidation, have had certainly the expected impact. Indeed, the photographers of EM did not attempt attending the matches in fear of confiscation of their equipments, thing is hapenning with them frequently when covering popular and political protests demand for Western Sahara independence.
Our correspondents remained anonymous and spectators sympathetic to EM attended the match of Libya- Equatorial Guinea and Guinea- Angola . based on their comments. On the 372 chairs of the stadium, 120 spectators were opposed with left side of an ordinary public , the right side foreign visitors , members of the the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and Senior local Officials. Access is provided for free.
There was also in the stadium 60 security agents in sports clothes , 30 policemen with walkie-talkie and pistols, and 30 auxilaries forces agents (paramilitary group) with walkie-talkie and batons
On the field , the matches finished respectively. with the results 2-1 and 1-5 . There is no ambiance in the audience consisting essentially of Moroccan setllers
and, although the arbitration was good, the game was lacking in rhythm.
Outside the stadium, EM correspondents have been able to see the presence of 100 police and auxilaries forces vehicles and almost 500 policemen, auxilaries forces agents and the so-called BLAIR soldiers in police uniform. Taking pictures and videos was difficult under these conditions hence their poor quality.
The company Total, the official sponsor of the competition may not have consulted its ethics department before undertaking support for this CAN Futsal.
in fact, if one does not consider that as coincidences, its withdrawal from oil exploration on the Anzarane block – offshore south of Western Sahara after legal advice rendered to the Security Council and to the EU Court of Justice claiming that the Moroccan activities in Western Sahara are illegal since these are two separate and distinct countries. So Total paradoxically supports here an occupation regime, far from sport.
The fact is, this police disproportionate deployment is probably much more expensive than spend on sports. The sanctions which have been announced by the CAF against teams of South Africa and Mauritius who have renounced competition out of respect for international law,
either suspension their participation in the next two tournaments with a fine of $ 75,000, throw into doubt the review of the situation of this CAF which seems on all planes had forgotten its values. This casts doubt on the motives of of such a competition in occupied El Aaiun
Equipe Média, Occupied Western Sahara
El Aaiun, February 5th 202