The #Khawa_Khawa Hashtag has gone viral among fans of the Moroccan and Algerian national football teams.
Rabat – Moroccan and Algerian football fans launched a joint campaign on social media called “Khawa Khawa” (Brothers). The campaign is meant to express brotherhood between the two countries and to encourage both national teams in the African Cup of Nations, currently being played in Egypt.
Fans of both teams actively reacted to the campaign and attended matches to encourage and support the other team.
The last match was Algeria’s victory against Senegal on June 27, where fans from both Morocco and Algeria encouraged the Algerian national team in qualifying for the second round.
Other campaigns were launched between the two communities, the latest of which was “Khawa Khawa, Mahrez is Moroccan and Benatia is Algerian”.
The campaign refers to the relations of heritage and marriage that bind the two populations. The mother of the Atlas Lions’ captain, Mehdi Benatia is Algerian, while the maternal grandmother of Mahrez, the star of Algeria’s Desert Warriors, is Moroccan.
The campaign has been met with widespread positive reactions on social media, as users hailed the idea of fostering love and brotherhood among the populations of the two neighboring countries.
In recent years, Algeria supported Morocco’s candidacy for hosting World Cup 2026, while Morocco appointed Lakhdar Belloumi, the former star of the Algerian national team, ambassador to the Moroccan candidacy file.
While politics continues to divide the neighboring countries, football is encouraging common interests and fraternity.