Sep 10, 2023 at 12:55 p.m
The entire sports world sympathizes with the residents of Morocco after the severe earthquake that struck the African country on Friday evening. Former footballer Adil Ramzi, now coach of the Moroccan Wydad AC, experienced the earthquake up close.
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“The moment I went to sleep, I felt the bed moving very hard and then the whole hotel. I ran outside,” Ramzi says on the radio program Langs de Lijn.
The former coach of Jong PSV lives in the coastal city of Casablanca, but his family comes from Marrakesh, a city north of the epicenter. “My immediate family, so my father, mother, brother and sister, are fortunately okay. But my aunt and her children have died. That affects me very much.”
Ramzi cannot describe how great the impact of the disaster is. “People have died, houses have been destroyed. The sadness here is so great. You really don’t wish this on anyone.” The death toll has now risen to 2,012.
Ramzi happy with all the support
Ramzi informed his team via the group app on Saturday morning that the training had been canceled. “Everyone went out at night. One player only returned home at eleven o’clock in the morning because he was afraid. Then you don’t train.”
The former striker of Willem II, PSV, FC Twente, AZ, FC Utrecht and Roda JC, among others, is happy with all the expressions of support. “At moments like this you feel the love between people again, even from outside Morocco. I notice that from all the messages I receive. We have to be there for each other now.”
Ramzi hopes that rich and influential people will take responsibility and help the country get back on its feet. The coach himself also wants to contribute. “Just like the national team, we have decided to donate blood. On Monday we will see what we can do financially.”
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