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Africans celebrate the resurrection of Moroccan football

Africans celebrate the resurrection of Moroccan football

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Moroccan club football side Wydad Casablanca became the third Moroccan club to win the competition contested between the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup winners after their bitter rivals Raja Casablanca and Maghreb Fez.

Wydad beat D Congo’s TP Mazembe by one goal to nil to lift the trophy they were contesting for the first time.

Wydad’s win is a climax of a hugely successful season for the club and Moroccan football in general.

It has always been a dream of mine to go to a World Cup. Morocco has all the resources to be successful but maybe has a tendency to suffer under the burdens of past triumphs.

Before conquering the mighty TP Maembe, Wydad humbled another football giant on the continent, Egypt’s Al Ahly.

The Moroccan side won the club champions league after beating Al Ahly 2-1 over a two legged final.

The Super Cup is a competition between the winners of the African Champions League and the second-tier Confederation Cup.

Wydad are the reigning African Champions League winners having beaten Egypt’s Al Alhy to the title.

The match took place at Stade Mohamed V in Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca.

The same satdium and city played host to the final of the Championship of African Nations contested by Morocco and Nigeria.

The Moroccan team of players who ply their trade in the local league were crowned champions after putting four unanswered goals past the Super Eagles.

The Moroccan senior team is one of five African teams to represent Africa at the World Cup in Russia this year.

Morocco qualified at the expense of fancied Ivory Coast, topping the qualification group after beating the Ivory Coast 2-0 in the final group game.

“It has always been a dream of mine to go to a World Cup. Morocco has all the resources to be successful but maybe has a tendency to suffer under the burdens of past triumphs,” Morocco coach Herve Renard said.

Many fans of African football have been applauding this good run for Moroccan football, crediting the loyal fans and organised football fraternity in the country for the success.

World Cup hosting bid

Perhaps buoyed by their success, the Moroccan Football Federation in January announced that it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The bid which has been backed by former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, will come up against a strong joint bid by United States, Canada and Mexico.

CAF backed the Moroccan bid in July last year.

Morocco has six stadiums in the cities of Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Tangier and Tetouan. Officials in Morocco tout these cities as those ‘that have FIFA stadiums with all the infrastructures that go with it matching the ambitions of Africa’.

Morocco, back in 1970, were the first African country to win a point at a World Cup.

In 1986, they became the first African team to advance beyond the group stages at the World Cup.

The country however last represented the continent at the global stage at the 1998 World Cup in France.

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