Rabat - At the end of Saturday's match between the national football team and his Cote d'Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Rabat – At the end of Saturday’s match between the national football team and his Cote d’Ivoire counterpart, King Mohammed VI has warmly congratulated the members of the national team on their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The king spoke on the phone with team coach Hervé Renard and captain Mehdi Benatia, to whom he expressed his joy for the great achievement of the national team, as well as his sincere compliments to the players and technical and administrative staffs who knew how to give the best of themselves and complete an excellent course crowned by this great achievement.
While celebrating the high-level performance provided by the Moroccan players, the king paid tribute to the exceptional sportsmanship shown by the Moroccan public who encouraged his team with unparalleled enthusiasm, giving the best representation of Moroccan youth.
The Moroccan monarch wished a good continuation to the national team who raised the flag of Morocco and proudly defended the entire Moroccan people.
Morocco’s national team has secured its qualifications to the 2018 Russia World Cup following a heroic match in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital.
The Moroccan team needed just a draw to secure its ticket for FIFA’s flagship tournament. But the Moroccan lions proved their worth a stamina in a match in which they shackled the Ivorian players.
Morocco’s right back Nabil Dirar scored the first goal for the Atlas Lions at the 24 minutes, giving Morocco a comfortable lead over Cote d’Ivoire.
Five minutes later, Mehdi Benatia scored the second goal after a corner kick by Mbraek Boussoufa. The Moroccan national team is 45 minutes from securing its ticket to the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Today is a historic day in Morocco, as Moroccans have to wait for 19 years to see their national team reach the final stage of the World Cup. The last time Morocco played in the world Cup was in 1998 in France.
This is the fifth time Morocco qualifies to the World Cup.