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Atlas Lioness Make History at Women’s World Cup
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Atlas Lioness Make History at Women’s World Cup

By Mangek Promise

 

Morocco’s Atlas Lionesses have made history by qualifying for the last 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, after beating Colombia and knocking out Germany – on their first-ever appearance at the tournament – and the nation could not be prouder.

 

The success of the Atlas Lionesses comes after a similar run by their male counterparts at last year’s men’s World Cup. The Atlas Lions advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 1986 and became the first African or Arab nation to reach the semifinal. Despite a spirited performance they lost to France and did not make it to the final round.

 

The team’s star striker Rosella Ayane described Thursday’s achievement as “an incredible win” and a “fantastic team effort”. “Coming into the tournament, we knew qualifying from the group would be tough but we worked together and achieved something special for all of Morocco,” she added.

 

Moroccan fans have paid tribute to the athletes and their remarkable journey, as they had already become the first Arab country to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. The team also includes Nouhaila Benzina, the first Muslim woman wearing a hijab to play at the World Cup.

 

Hashtags like #DimaMaghrib and #The_impossible_is_not_Moroccan were trending on social media sites as fans expressed their admiration for the team’s exceptional performance. Writing on the social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, the Moroccan national football team posted a simple message in Arabic: “The impossible is not Moroccan.”

 

Morocco will face France in the round of 16 on Tuesday August 8 while Colombia takes on Jamaica.