Morocco is an example for African nations to follow in terms of football promotion, as they work to promote their footballing heritage, the widely circulated South African daily ‘The Star’ reported.
“Morocco’s resounding success at the FIFA World Cup – Qatar 2022 will be etched in the annals of history, boldly proving that Africa is a continent of football,” the newspaper said in an article. opinion.
He added that “not since the start of the World Cup 92 years ago has an African nation qualified for the semi-finals of this showpiece event. The Atlas Lions have thus rewritten history.
“They beat Portugal, the best team in Europe just six years ago, in the quarter-finals to send not only their country, but the whole African continent into a frenzy of celebration and joy,” he said. he continued.
Noting that the continent’s football certainly has its shortcomings which need to be worked hard to address, he affirmed that Morocco has seriously started this process.
The media recalled, in this regard, that the Kingdom invested enormously in the development of its football, in particular for the construction of the Mohammed VI complex in Rabat, just before the Covid-19 crisis.
“Funds have thus been used thoughtfully and with a specific purpose,” the outlet said, noting that thanks to these efforts, Moroccan football clubs have flourished on the continent by qualifying and winning major tournaments.
He noted, with this in mind, that in 2022, South African Pitso Mosimane resigned from his post as coach of Egyptian club Al Ahly after losing the Champions League final against Wydad Casablanca.
“The Moroccans were then coached by Walid Regragui, who became the first coach of African origin to lead his country to the semi-finals of the World Cup,” the publication concluded.