After defeating Canada 2-1 to go to seven points and the top of Group F. Morocco has qualified for the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, matching their incredible feat from Mexico 1986.
In Russia 2018, the Atlas Lions put in a great performance. But their luck ran out as they lost to Iran and Portugal and drew 2-2 with Spain. But this time, they supplied the secret ingredient required to boost stellar results.
- Morocco top Group F to qualify for Round of 16
- Atlas Lions repeat Mexico’s 1986 achievement
- They will face Spain, Germany, Japan, or Costa Rica in the next round
The Federation: Making the best choice at the appropriate moment
Despite Vahid Halilhodzic’s success in getting his country qualified for Qatar 2022, Fouzi Lekjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, decided to replace him just three months before the World Cup began. Walid Regragui, a Moroccan who had achieved great success at the club level, would take his place.
Lekjaa provided evidence to support his choice, including the exclusion of Abderrazak Hamdallah, Hakim Ziyech, and Noussair Mazraoui. By listing the numerous issues that had developed between Halilhodzic and his players.
The president declared, “The national team cannot exclude Moroccans playing at the best level wherever in the globe, for whatever reason.
Lekjaa’s choice was unquestionably the right one, as evidenced by the enthusiasm Morocco displayed in Qatar. The strengthened ties within the team, and the substantial contribution of returnees Ziyech and Mazraoui. Additionally, it demonstrates how a cohesive locker room may be just as crucial as coaching or strategy.
The success of Morocco’s national team has been greatly influenced by the tens of thousands of fans who traveled to Qatar to cheer them on.
Morocco won Group F and advanced to the Round of 16, where they will face either Spain. Also, Germany, Costa Rica, or Japan, depending on who places second in Group E.