The Moroccan women’s football team which qualified, hands down, for the first time in its history for the final of the African Cup of Nations (Morocco-2022) impressed with its grinta, its will to win and his desire to win the trophy.
The Atlas Lionesses, who will face South Africa in the final this Saturday (9 p.m.) at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, won the admiration of Moroccan fans who stole the show by signing a record presence in the semi-final against Nigeria.
After having achieved the essentials by qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, once again a first in the annals of Moroccan women’s football, the Moroccan selection is now thinking big and firmly believes in its chances of climbing to the top step of the podium. of this edition.
The Moroccan selection, which has managed the feat of eliminating one of the tenors of African football in the last four, in this case Nigeria, eleven times African champion, wants to inscribe its name in gold letters of the winners of this trophy.
Moroccan fans, all age categories combined, spare no effort to support captain Rizlane Chebbak’s teammates during this highly anticipated final. To do this, fans from the capital and other towns in the Kingdom bought national team jerseys, on sale in various stores and supermarkets, but also everywhere in the markets, adorned for the occasion with national colors.
In the old medina of Rabat, this love for the national team is palpable at first sight. A simple tour in the Souika of Rabat makes it possible to note this rush towards the jerseys and pennants of the national team.
“The sale of national team jerseys is in full swing these days, especially by women and young girls. The demand is unprecedented,” declares a seller, specifying that the prices vary between 150 and 600 DH, depending on the quality of the items.
“Moroccans residing abroad in addition to foreign tourists are also asking for these jerseys a lot, asking for those bearing the names of well-defined players”, he added.
“It’s true that Rosella Ayanne has missed countless goalscoring opportunities, but we support her and stand in solidarity with this young Moroccan player, who preferred to defend the national colors”, said Jihane, a student.
“Rosella will be decisive against South Africa, just like her performance in the semi-final against Nigeria,” she predicted.
According to several supporters, this rush for jerseys and items bearing the national colors is explained by their ambition to experience this final and share these historic moments, wishing the national team every luck in this final.
The final victory is undoubtedly a legitimate ambition of the Atlas Lionesses who will be supported by thousands of supporters who will have to break a new attendance record after the one recorded against Nigeria, especially since entry will be free. .
The Moroccan selection had beaten Nigeria in the semi-finals, while South Africa had eliminated Zambia.