- Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi called for Africa to reject Morocco’s win at the Fifa World Cup
- Morocco is the first African country to advance to the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup making it a historical event
- The EFF MP said he would not celebrate the win until Morocco ends its occupation of Western Sahara
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JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi refused to celebrate Morocco’s win at the Fifa World Cup which made the country the first in Africa to advance to the semi-finals.
The EFF Member of Parliament took to social media to slam the country for its occupation of the Western Sahara.
“Africa must reject Morocco until they end their occupation of Western Sahara. I refuse to celebrate,” he said.
He said the country should be rejected by Africa rather than being celebrated for the win. Ndlozi called for Western Sahara to be freed.
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The political party has advocated for the continent to unite. According to TimesLIVE, the Western Sahara region has long been a disputed territory.
Ndlozi gained many reactions, with some calling for him to not mix politics and sports and others agreeing with his remarks.
Mzansi reacts to Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s comments:
“Please this is football, refrain from politicizing football. Because of Morocco, there will be 11 African teams in the next world cup.”
“You are a principled leader. You refuse to be moved by a sporting event. I admire your conviction.”
“Reject EFF! What does the amazing success of this Moroccan team have to do with your political agenda!! Let’s go Morocco. Represent Africa.”
“Is it possible for you guys to stop politicizing football? All these European countries that have been winning the WC have done unspeakable things all over the world but you never hear anyone mention those things when they win the tournament, never!! Can we do the same?”
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“That is very correct. No African country can colonized or occupy another country.”
“So where will Morroco feature in your One Africa agenda?”
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Briefly News also reported that a strong female referee has made history by becoming the first African female referee to officiate a men’s FIFA World Cup match.
The Rwandan national was the fourth official in the match between Australia and France, with the defending champs victorious, defeating the Socceroos 4-1.
Salima Mukansanga is only one of three female referees in the tournament.
She was also the first African female to officiate at a women’s World Cup earlier this year, Mail & Guardian reported.
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