In Qatar this fall, Morocco became the first African and Arab nation to reach a World Cup semi-final, defeating a complicated pool (Croatia, Belgium, Canada) before eliminating Spain (0 -0, 3-0 on pens) then Portugal (1-0) in the quarters, before falling against the France team in the last four (0-2). A course hailed and supported not only by all the Moroccan people, but also around the world, which did not expect the Atlas Lions at such a stage of the competition. After a fourth place acquired in the Qatari World Cup, narrowly missing the podium against Croatia (2-1 defeat for the third place match), Moroccan coach Walid Regragui, who arrived as a firefighter on duty at the end of August after the dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic, first recounts the triumphant return of his group to Morocco.
“It’s always a wonderful dream to be received by Her Majesty. Honestly, he supported us a lot. What he does for our country, sport in general and football in particular, is extraordinary, it is his success too. The facilities we have today, the Academy, the means and the moral support given during this World Cup, is something we will not forget.he first told the microphone of Le360 Sportsbefore explaining one of the keys to his success at the World Cup. “Moroccan football is now part of the world elite, it is an honor for the Kingdom, he said in an interview with Hespress. The popular fervor was incredible. It allowed the players to take the measure of the expectations of the people. It is positive, because this popular passion will serve in the future to push the players to give the maximum of wet the jersey as well as possible.
Regragui wants to install a “winning mindset”
The 47-year-old technician does not wish to rest on his laurels, however, and hopes to confirm this historic journey during the 2023 African Cup of Nations, scheduled for winter 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire, with the 11th world selection in the ranking. Fifa: “In a year, we have a continental competition, we want to represent Morocco as high as possible. We know that football has no memory so we will have to move forward.he explained at the microphone of the Moroccan media, continuing on the criteria to be taken into account to hope for a presence in the Morocco group for the next deadlines. “We have players in mind, but we also have a top group. To integrate it, you will also have to be at a high level and show that you deserve to wear the national team jersey, that’s the message I want to send to everyone. You will have to be regular, a regular in your club or fight to be a regular, and thus join the fourth team in the world..
Finally, the pack leader of the Atlas Lions did not hesitate to set an ultimatum with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, which could see him leave the selection bench in February 2024: “We want to stay at the same level and progress towards the best. This is why this winner’s mindset must be maintained, we must first remain among the top four teams on the continent. At my level, I want to reach at least the semi-finals of the next AFCON, if I can’t then I’ll leave and the new team coach will have to continue in the same state of mind, c that is to say, aim for the semi-finals or the finals, that’s how Morocco will progress”he concludes the interview granted to the television channel Arriadia. Regragui therefore sets great ambitions to try to raise the level of Moroccan football in Africa and around the world as well as possible, and why not go for a second final crowning in a CAN, which Morocco has not won since 1976…
Pub. the 23/12/2022 16:00
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