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FWC 2022: Morocco Joins Africa’s Big Boys Club
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FWC 2022: Morocco Joins Africa’s Big Boys Club

By Tony Fabrice

Morocco by passed Spain on penalties to join Africa’s big boys in World Cup books.

The Atlas Lions of Morocco have become only the fourth African Country to get to the quarter finals of A FIFA World Cup (FWC) after beating 2010 World Cup winners Spain 3-0 in post match penalties in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Coach Walid Regragui and his boys put up a good fight against neighbors Spain at the Educational City Tuesday 6, December 2022 closing at regular time on a virgin tie. Same results was maintained during the additional 30 minutes escorting both sides to penalty shootouts which ended 3-0 to Morocco’s favour.

The victory joins Morocco to the league of most successful African teams at the World Cup after the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in 1990, Teranga Lions of Senegal in 2002 and the Black Stars of Ghana in 2010, as African sides that have made it into the last eight.

Nigeria came close to a quarter final appearance in 1994 conceding a late equalizer in their second round game against Italy and eventually lost in extra time. Ghana went really close to the semi final in 2010 against Uruguay but missed a decisive penalty, and lost on post match penalties.

Coach Walid also becomes the first African coach to lead an African team to the World Cup quarter finals.

Team Morocco hopes to better the record of other African teams when they face Portugal in the quarter finals on Saturday 10 December 2022.

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