Rabat- The Moroccan nationwide crew's historic qualification for the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar sparked celebrations that didn't cease all through Tuesday evening in varied Moroccan cities.
Instantly after Argentinian referee Fernando Rapallini introduced the victory of the Atlas Lions following the aim of Moroccan striker Ashraf Hakimi in a collection of penalty shootouts, hundreds of Moroccans took to the streets and the locations to have a good time this unprecedented achievement, and to specific their pleasure and because of the nationwide elite for his or her honorable efficiency.
Mohammed V Avenue within the beating coronary heart of the capital has become a spot of pilgrimage for town's inhabitants, who've come to have a good time by carrying nationwide flags with pleasure flooding their faces with this historic qualification.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco took half within the fashionable celebrations and Moroccan web sites printed photographs and movies of the king wandering among the many festive plenty within the heart of the capital in his automobile, carrying the crew jersey nationwide flag and waving the nationwide flag.
Celebrations and aspirations
Morocco certified for the primary time in its historical past and within the historical past of the Arabs within the quarter-finals in a giant match towards Spain, one of many strongest groups on the earth and one of many favorites to win the present World Cup.
There was no louder sound on the streets than the sound of automobile alarms, the cheers of the plenty and the ululations of ladies, and social media websites, in flip, become an area to have a good time this historic achievement, which raised the ceiling of Moroccan aspirations to achieve the furthest level of the World Cup.
The hashtags #Morocco_Spain and #Atlas_Lions topped the record of essentially the most interactive hashtags on Twitter in Morocco, the place activists exchanged celebratory shows in varied elements of the Kingdom.
The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, congratulated the nationwide crew on the event of their historic achievement, based on what was reported by the Maghreb Arab Information Company (an official company). administrative who gave the very best of themselves, and marked a powerful course throughout this nice sporting competitors.
The King praised the historic efficiency of the members of the nationwide crew who lived as much as the ambitions and aspirations of the broad Moroccan public who encourage them in Morocco, Qatar and all around the world, calling on them to take care of the identical strategy on this competitors. , and to proceed to honor nationwide soccer and lift the nationwide flag excessive.
And the official Moroccan information company added that the king acquired calls from heads of state congratulating him following the qualification of the Moroccan crew for the quarter-finals, together with the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas.
In flip, Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch congratulated the Moroccan crew for his or her achievement, declaring in a publish on his official pages on communication websites, “Thanks, O Lions of the Atlas, as a result of you've gotten succeeded as soon as extra to emphasise the extent of the unity and the sturdy cohesion loved by our Moroccan identification with all its elements.”
The enjoyment of qualifying for the Atlas Lions was not solely Moroccan, but in addition Arab and African, because the Moroccan nationwide crew is the only real consultant of Arabs and Africans within the remaining rounds of the competitors.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted: “The not possible isn't Moroccan, the not possible isn't Arab, black and Moroccan males are pleased with you and the world is pleased with it.”
The not possible isn't Moroccan.. The not possible isn't Arab.. The blacks and males of Morocco 🇲🇦 are pleased with the satisfaction of the world.. pic.twitter.com/zDwA1Tt7bA
– His Highness Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) December 6, 2022
Whereas Queen Rania, spouse of the King of Jordan, tweeted, on her Twitter account, “Congratulations to the Atlas Lions, you've gotten made us blissful.”
Luis Miguel Bueno, the European Union's official spokesperson for the Center East and North Africa, wrote on his Twitter web page: “Hardlak, pleased with our Spanish crew, and blissful that the nationwide crew of our pricey neighbors has certified. Congratulations to the Moroccan crew and congratulations for this historic achievement. I actually hope they win the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”
The Worldwide Soccer Federation (FIFA) tweeted on social media: “Increase your head at the moment, you're Moroccan”.
Increase your head at the moment, you're Moroccan 🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/sab5VhD9Rz
– FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@fifaworldcup_ar) December 6, 2022
The Moroccan nationwide crew has had a distinguished efficiency within the World Cup in Qatar because the first match they performed in a troublesome group that included sturdy groups. They topped Group Six, overtaking Croatia, Belgium and Canada, then knocked out La Roja in second. competitors spherical.
And if the Moroccan nationwide crew achieved a historic feat within the World Cup, qualifying for the primary time within the historical past of Arab participation within the World Cup, on this model of the Cup of the world which is held for the primary time in an Arab nation, then Walid Regraki, the coach of the Lions, in flip achieved an amazing achievement as the primary Arab coach till this function.
An important achievement of the Arab groups within the World Cup was to achieve the knockout phases solely, and this occurred 3 occasions, by way of the Moroccan nationwide crew within the 1986 version in Mexico, l Saudi nationwide crew through the 1994 version in the USA. , and the Algerian nationwide crew through the 2014 version in Brazil.
On the African stage, the Atlas Lions, by overtaking the ultimate prize spherical, equaled the achievements of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in 1990, 2002 and 2010, respectively.
The Moroccan nationwide crew are anticipated to face Portugal within the quarter-finals of the World Cup subsequent Saturday, who beat their Swiss counterparts 6-1.