Marseille Olympics and Africa, it's been the perfect love for decades. Several African legends have, indeed, hoisted high the flag of Marseilles. And greatly contributed to write the most glorious pages of the history of this club. It remains to this day the only French team to win the Champions League. Among these sons of the continent who participated in the influence of OM, the Senegalese Pape Diouf, who died in March 2020 of Covid-19 in Dakar. He managed the club from 2005 to 2009. It is therefore not fortuitous that OM is, without a doubt, among the most popular European clubs in Africa.
Proof that this love is reciprocal, the leaders of the Phoenician club decided to dedicate a whole week to their African supporters. "During one week (editor's note: from Monday, January 25 to Sunday, January 31), Olympique de Marseille will wear the colors of the African continent by promoting the OM Africa label. This is what Olympique de Marseille announced in a press release published on Monday. This initiative is part of the project «OM Africa» which the French club launched in December 2019.
According to the press release, this program «OM Africa» is «intended to gather and federate all its supporters around events on the African continent. But also to develop training through its OM Schools and social projects through OM Foundation». At present, Marseille has three OM Schools in Africa. They are located in Algiers, Tunis and Port Harcourt. (in Nigeria).
In addition, the club de la Canebière has about ten fan clubs on the continent. They are located in Tunisia (Tunis), in Morocco (Casablanca), in Cameroon (Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam et Obala). And also in Ivory Coast (Abidjan), in Senegal (Dakar) in Senegal (Pointe Noire).
Thus, Olympique de Marseille is dedicating ''a whole week at OM Africa and OM lovers in Africa with exclusive content, many gifts to be won and surprises". the match against Rennes scheduled for Saturday at the Vélodrome in «will be the high point». It's a good thing that Rennes is also full of African players.