Financial Crisis Grips Moroccan Football


Most of the national clubs in the Moroccan professional football league, both in its first and second divisions, are experiencing a financial crisis that inevitably affects the players’ performance on the field, given the financial instability. This raises many questions about the solutions that need to be imposed to put an end to these problems.

The financial problems have escalated to the extent that several national clubs have refused to attend training sessions in protest against their outstanding financial dues held by the management offices during competition. Most club officials justify this delay as beyond their control, often attributed to delayed grants or previous management crises for which they are paying the price.

In this regard, former Moroccan national and international player Soufiane Alloudi said in an interview:

“I believe it is disgraceful to find a player indebted to a prestigious club in the first professional division for a small amount, while the club management is unable to pay it.”

He further added,

“There must be regulations and strictness imposed on the presidents of national clubs to provide the necessary financial liquidity because it’s highly unlikely for a player to give his all when he owes you a small amount of money, which may not be significant to you but is important to him and his family. His focus will be divided during training sessions and matches, and this is a reality in the Moroccan league.”

The former “Atlas Lions” striker continued,

“There are players responsible for families, children, and parents. You find them playing for a prestigious club in the first division, yet they are demanding a salary for a month or two, and the club president is unable to pay that small amount. Will this management succeed in finding solutions? Certainly not, so it’s imperative to think about these matters.”

A group of national clubs have boycotted training sessions in the current season due to delayed payments, most notably Maghreb Fez, Union de Tanger, Mouloudia Oujda, Wydad Casablanca, Youssoufia Berrechid, among others… leaving the question: when will the officials of national clubs exhibit the professionalism that contributes to the development of the local football product?

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