His real name is known to almost no one. With his long curly hair and his atypical style, everyone compares him physically, rightly or wrongly, to the Moroccan “undead” legend, the late Abdelmajid Dolmy. Year after year, he is always there to support the Atlas Lions unconditionally, but not only…
His physical features are unique. His character is even more so! When it comes to eating, he is very demanding… he who says he is already a chef. When it comes to the African sun, he is rather anxious and fearful!
His nickname is on everyone’s lips lately, his images are relayed on several media supports. And the reason put forward by all those who keep quoting it is a little more superstition than realism, football in this case.
His real name, Noureddine Falah, Morocco’s most famous supporter was however present during Morocco’s most beautiful victories, notably during the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. “In love unto death” with AS FAR, he remembers in detail this Moroccan epic, nevertheless, marked by a defeat in the final against the host country! Is this a coincidence?
“The nickname Dolmy was given to me by the late José Mehdi Faria during the 1986 World Cup which I attended,” he told MAP.
He still remembers, with nostalgia visible in his eyes before it showed in the tone of his verbal, of the first encounter he saw.
“I have supported national teams since 1970,” he recalls, adding that the late Allal Benkassou, AS FAR legend, offered him the chance to enter a football field for the first time. It was during a match between the Military and the RS of Settat.
Since then, AS FAR has been my favorite team, and “my passion for football has only grown over the years”.
The initial situation of the story of “Dolmy” with the national team already dates back 46 years. It was in a match counting for the qualifiers for the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations.
As a child, he did not have the physical or moral capacities to accompany the Atlas Lions to closely witness Morocco’s first and only coronation in the CAN! Is this also a coincidence? As soon as the opportunity presented itself in 1986, “Dolmy” took full advantage of it. He made the trip with “the selection of the heart” to Egypt for the African Cup of Nations, before making the “great journey of his life to Mexico”, where Morocco has inscribed its name in gold letters as the first Arab and African team to reach the second round of the World Cup.
Since that date, “I have not missed, or almost, no match of the national team, from the 1994 World Cup to that of 2018, including the famous African Cup in Tunisia, until the one taking place currently in Cameroon,” he said proudly.
This without counting the number of trips he made with Moroccan teams, including AS FAR, Raja, Wydad, Moghreb de Fès and…
Nevertheless, today many are those who accuse him on social networks of being a bad luck charm. Does he really jinx this national team?
To answer this question, “Dolmy” used all his wisdom so to speak that he was indeed also present in Morocco’s great victories, but also in painful defeats.
“Despite all these demotivations, I will continue to encourage Morocco until the last day of my life, because the blood of the Fatherland runs in my veins,” he said.
“I really hope that Morocco will win this Cup so that I am not accused once again and that this label is taken off me once and for all”, he concluded. Let’s all hope for “Dolmy” and for the Fatherland.
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