African Women’s Nations: South Africans are the last obstacle between Moroccan women and history

Rabat: One step separates Moroccan women from fulfilling their dream of ascending the throne of African football when they play for the first time in their history against South Africa in the Continental Cup of Nations final against South Africa at Moulay Abdallah Stadium in Morocco capital, Rabat. The final will produce a new champion for the continent, after Nigeria dominated the title in 11 occasions out of 13 editions and Equatorial Guinea broke through the list of winners of two titles. The “Atlas Lionesses” overcame all obstacles until the final meeting, and confirmed their presence at the “Australia and New Zealand” World Championships 2023 ” in an unprecedented Arab milestone, and they have arrived in final after defeating the team crowned by the world title 11 times in 13 copies, Nigeria in semifinal with penalties 5-4 after a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time. Ghazlan Al-Shebak and her colleagues realize that the title is coming soon, especially since their team enjoys the earth workers and the public, which is why the 31-year-old Royal Army player tries to continue her brilliance to dedicate the title to her. late Arab father Al-Shebak, protagonist of the “Atlas Lions” team in the 1970s. “My father has supported me a lot since I was little,” she said. She has seen in me a talented player who could become a footballer in future. “He added:” We have worked for years for this moment and to reach this milestone. We qualified for the World Cup and the final of the tournament did not. it means that the competition is over. “The goal scored 3 goals in the tournament and contributed a lot to reaching the final, along with goalkeeper Khadija Al-Rumaishi, who saved many balls, in particularly a penalty kick for Nigeria in semifinal, and said: “The final is won and not played, it will take a lot of concentration against a team that has shown its strength in the previous matches until the final.” We are proud to have brought happiness to the Moroccan fans, our goal is to continue the journey successfully and win the African title, for the first time in the history of Moroccan women’s football, “added Al-Rumaichi. The Moroccan team, under the supervision of the French coach and former midfielder of the Nantes and Marseille national team, Reynald Pedros, began his tournament career with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso, then continued his great start by beating Uganda 3-1, and finished the full-score group stage with a 1-minute win. -0 over Senegal, in the quarter-finals: Botswana beat Botswana 2-1, then overthrew Nigeria in semifinal. Moroccan players scored 8 goals and conceded three goals. The women of Morocco represented a front for the development of the “soft ball” on the African continent. English Tottenham player Rosella Al-Ayyan said the game against South Africa will not be easy. -A great fan-Pedros has a wide range of options in his squad, in particularly the network, Al-Ramichi and Al-Ayyan, as well as some professionals such as the French defender of Nantes Eva Alice, the Spanish midfielder of the Levante Yasmine Amrabat and the French midfielder of Saint Malo Salma Amani, Sana Al-Masoudi and Fatima Teknout , the two players of the Royal Army. . Banyana Banyana’s team, led by coach Desiree Ellis, who yesterday won the award for best coach in Africa, beat Nigeria 2-1 in the first round, then Burundi 3-0, and Botswana 1-0, finishing the first round with full points, and overtaking his Tunisian counterpart in the quarter-finals with a goal, and Zambia in semifinal with the same result. The squad included Spanish Eibar defender Noko Matlo, AC Milan midfielder Jane Revelo, Prague strikers Jermain Ciobosinoy and Racing Louisville’s Thembi Kegatlana. The African Confederation increased the tournament prizes by 150% by $ 2.4 million, including half a million dollars for the title winner, compared to $ 300,000 for the runner-up. (AFP)