The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has put a lot of money on the Moroccan U20 team during the Arab Cup. However, the young lion cubs did not manage to pass the quarter-finals, eliminated by Algeria. A curse that continues to pursue Morocco in its quest for a continental title.
The young U20 team from Morocco seems to have repeated the tragedy of the first team, which occurred two years ago during the African Cup of Nations on Egyptian soil.
Morocco was eliminated at the end of the suspense by the Algerian neighbor (1-1, tab 4-3) on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. Morocco’s exit from the Arab Youth Cup recalled the bitterness of what happened to Hervé Renard’s group in 2019, on the same land in the Egyptian capital against the submerged Benin team, as well as the exclusion. brutal of the youth team 3 months ago, in the African Nations Championship, in Mauritania.
In the U20 Arab Cup, Morocco had started its campaign well by sweeping all its opponents, namely Djibouti by four, Tajikistan by six and the Emirates by five, before clashing with the Algerian team in the quarterfinals. and the exit scene was repeated in front of Benin, yesterday, Tuesday.
In addition, a wave of anger fell against the coach, Fathi Jamal. Many Moroccans could not keep their cool seeing the poor performance of the national elements, in the quarter-finals, against an Algerian team, which the Moroccan team defeated in the last 3 confrontations.
The Moroccan team were ahead thanks to Radid’s goal until the 93rd minute before Algeria equalized and coached the Moroccan youth on penalties, which announced the exclusion of the Moroccan team , after she was a top contender to win the title.
Despite the elimination of his team, the resident of the Mohamed VI academy, the young Mohamed Radid, who brought his counter to 6 goals in this competition, remains the top scorer in this competition in front of the Senegalese Souleymane Faye (4 goals) .
Likewise, the Moroccan junior team left the second round of the African Cup of Nations, which was hosted by Mauritania 3 months ago, after taking the lead of its group with 7 points against the Ghana, Tanzania and The Gambia.
And the Moroccan team, in the outfit of the title candidate, crossed to face another team from the Maghreb, Tunisia, in the quarter-finals.
Once again, exclusion was the fate of Morocco against the Tunisian youth, with a penalty shootout as well. This team returned to Morocco with a great failure after the president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaâ to be crowned.
As a reminder, the U-20 Arab Cup of Nations is one of the competitions of the Arab Football Association, the first edition of which was hosted by Morocco in 1983, won by Iraq in 1983. Two years later, the Algeria hosted the second edition, in which the Saudi team won the title, while the Moroccan team won the title, respectively, in the third edition held in Iraq in 1989, and the fourth in 2011 in Morocco.
Jordan hosted the fifth edition in 2012 won by Tunisia, while Senegal won the last edition hosted by Saudi Arabia.