“Morocco takes revenge on its old colonialists.” A Tunisian reading of the conquests of the Lions of the Atlas – (post)

Tunisia – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: as hundreds of Tunisians celebrated the qualification of the Moroccan brothers to the semifinals of the World Cup as the first Arab and African achievement, observers presented a “different reading” of the Moroccan sporting title achievements, as some continued to speak of a “Moroccan revenge” against the old colonialists, as Spain Portugal (e in part of Belgium) had previously occupied Morocco, hoping that the Lions of the Atlas would be in capable of defeating France in the next engagement. Morocco managed to knock Portugal out of the World Cup on Thursday evening after beating them with a goal from Youssef Al-Nusairi in the 42nd minute of the match, reserving their place in the World Cup semi-finals. After the end of the match, the Tunisians came out to celebrate this historic milestone, while in hundreds gathered in via Habib Bourguiba, in the center of the capital, carrying the Moroccan flag and chanting slogans to the sound of drums and horns. Abdel Wahhab Al-Hani, head of the Al-Majd party, said: “Congratulations to us – the covens of Moroccans, Africans, Arabs and Muslims – the victory of the Atlas Lions of Youth, the fraternal Moroccan team, on Ronaldo’s Portugal, and deservedly qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. Hisham Al-Ajbouni, leader of the Democratic Current Party, commented on Morocco’s success by saying: “There is no secret: work, planning, trust in themselves, perseverance, perseverance, tactical discipline and excellent training almost lead to a miracle. Congratulations to the Moroccan national team and congratulations to the Moroccan people on their national team. Former Minister Rafik Abdel Salam wrote: “Congratulations to the Atlas Lions for this deserved historic victory against the oldest and strongest sports teams. This is an honor for Moroccan, Arab and African football. And special congratulations to Palestine, the whose banner the Lions of Atlas carried with a whip, in a sign of appreciation and pride. And historian Abdel Latif Al-Hanashi wrote: “It is a coincidence that Portugal, Spain and France occupied Morocco (in different dates), and is it also a coincidence that the Moroccan football team for the year 2022 defeated Portugal and Spain, so will they also defeat France? We hope so.” Activist Ghassan Al-Makhtoumi added: “Morocco topples three colonial empires (Belgium, Spain and Portugal) in succession and awaits – eagerly the Lions of the Atlas – its next colonial rival (France).” He continued: “Morocco played without fear and without a contract. It fought against Belgium with all its might, but against Spain and Portugal fought, played and fought for the homeland, which suffered from the Spanish and Portuguese.He fought with the eyes of his ancestors in the Valley of the Warehouses and in the Rif Revolution, with Abd al-Karim al-Khattabi, with the wound of Ceuta and Melilla, the wound of the harsh battle of retribution, and with the cries of victory in the battle of the slippery slope.The researcher, Ghufran Hasayni, wrote an amusing text that recalls the story, entitled “Almoravid soldiers subjugate the kingdoms of ‘Andalusia”, which was published by the magazine “Mim”, and says: “And the Christians of Portugal imprisoned the Almoravid battalion of the people of Morocco in their frontiers at the beginning of their struggle, so they han did not stop them from advancing, so the matter was that they ran and fled between the two groups. While some have bothered to look for the origin of the family of the star of the Moroccan national team, goalkeeper Yassin Bono, where the page “History of Tunisia” wrote: “Did you know that the Bono family is of Andalusian-Moorish origin, Muslims deported from ‘Andalusia after the fall of Granada, and there are many Moroccan families who still bear their original surnames are Andalusian (often they are Visigoths who converted to Islam after the Islamic conquest and their origins are non-Arab), and there are other families with Iberian names and many other Andalusian Muslim family names (Arab and non-Arab) currently living in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and some other countries, after being expelled from Andalusia.