“Dima dima Maghri”. Popular Moroccan singer Abdelaziz Stati pays tribute to the Moroccan women’s team with his latest title. He took to his Instagram account to perform the song when they announced their qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals. It is reported Moroccan media 360°.
This Monday, the Atlas Lions have indeed defeated the Super Falcons after a penalty shootout, but they have become favorites (1:1, 5 to 4).
This game was a real test. Everyone wondered how it would fare in a much tougher duel, in a more tense context and in front of a much more tense audience.
Mansour Loum, Editor of Sport News Africa
A selection that causes problems for the best countries
Against the Nigerians, the 11-time women’s CAN champions, the Moroccans were not recognized as favorites. “This game was a real test. Everyone wondered how it would fare in a tougher duel, in a tougher context and against a tougher crowd.“, analyzes Mansour Loum, Editor-in-Chief of Sport News Africa.
And for good reason, Nigeria was just as dangerous as Morocco, if not more dangerous than Morocco. “We had to wait until Nigeria got to nine before it was clear that Morocco could win.“Two red cards helped the Lionesses break through. But the outcome of the match reflects Morocco’s progress in women’s football. “There is a very good quality women’s squad that can start to cause problems for the top nations“, Mansur Lum remembers.
There has been substantial work and investment in women’s football in Morocco in terms of infrastructure and player development. Mansour Loum, Editor of Sport News Africa.
“An important contribution to women’s football in Morocco”
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has been instrumental in this development. “There has been substantial work and investment in women’s football in Morocco in terms of infrastructure and player development”, explains the journalist.
In order to prepare the teams in the best conditions, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation listened to the team’s coach Reinald Pedrosa. “Often in selections, to prepare for competitions, coaches ask the Federation for several practices, friendly matches. Reinald Pedrosa had the necessary preparation.“
This victory is the result of many years of effort, and here we are today achieving what we are aiming for.Ghizlane Chebbak, captain of the Moroccan team.
Team captain Ghizlane Chebbak confirmed the information with Sport News Africa. “This victory is the result of many years of effort, and today we achieve what we have been aiming for.” Especially since the team just found out that they have also qualified for the 2023 World Cup. A first for Moroccans.
A diverse squad and a coach experienced in women’s football
The composition of the team’s coach is also at stake. First of all, the performance of the players of Moroccan clubs, such as Rabat. “By selecting players from Rabat together in Moroccan teams, it allows you to create automations“, Mansur Lum remembers. Then there are those who play in Europe, as evidenced by the performance of Totteham striker Rosella Ajana.
Coach Reinald Pedros was also able to quickly gain the confidence of his teams.
Coincidentally, Reinald Pedrosa has his own player card, coaching background and knows women’s football well. He brought philosophy and new ideas.Mansour Loum, Editor of Sport News Africa.
“When he arrived, some Moroccans thought they had brought the word back. Coincidentally, he has his own player card, coaching background and is well versed in women’s football. He brought back philosophy and new ideas.”exit the editor.
For the CAN 2022 final, Morocco could write history directly against South Africa. DĀR qualified for the final by beating Zambia (1:0). They also beat Nigeria in the group stage, but they have more experience than Morocco. “A bypass can be played in Morocco if players are tight on stakes. It will be the first final. If they have trouble unlocking the situation, it can stress them out and turn against them.“Answer this Saturday.
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