Morocco, Egypt set to adopt VAR technology For Their Top Flight League Games

Morocco has announced Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be introduced for it’s top-flight league starting from next season to assist referee officials.

The African football powerhouse joins Egypt as the first African leagues with plans to adopt technology, as Egypt had already made its intention known.

The move was announced by Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) president, Fouzi Lekjaa after a meeting he held with the referees association, Botola 1 club presidents and coaches.

“Those who are not be qualified for this new technique, will not officiate in Morocco,” Lekjaa told reporters

“The work will be ready at the beginning of the season and the federation will take charge of the financial and technical implementation of the new systems.

“Even with the use of VAR, refereeing errors will remain but they can be controlled.

“Despite all the measures taken, refereeing remains a topic of debate nationally and internationally, because football is not an exact science and comes with a lot of emotion,” he added.

The Moroccan league has gone past midway, as they are currently on week 18 of 30, while Egypt is on week 22 of 26.

It should be recalled that since the inception of the video technology in football, it has only been used once in Africa, and was in both legs CAF Champions League final in 2018.

Training sessions on the new technology will be organized for all those involved including referees and club officials.

VAR is also set to be used at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in June after being tried at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) last year in Morocco.