Wednesday 12 June 2024

African Countries Called upon to Follow Morocco’s Example by Further Investing in Sport (South African Analyst)

Johannesburg – African countries need to follow Morocco’s example by investing more in various sporting disciplines, South African sports analyst Philani Ndlela said on Monday.

“Morocco has achieved great feats and made remarkable progress in recent years in sporting competitions in all categories,” Ndlela, a journalist and sports content specialist with the “Média Prophilani” platform, told MAP.

Stressing that “Morocco will soon dominate Africa in all sporting disciplines, for both men and women”, he recalled that “the historic achievement of the national football team at the Qatar 2022 World Cup proved to the continent that with hard work and sufficient government support, all feats are possible”.

“The women’s football team is also doing wonders in Australia and New Zealand. Coming back from 6-0 against Germany to win two consecutive matches (1-0) and thus qualify for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup shows that Morocco is heading in the right direction,” he stressed.

Morocco won a total of 58 medals at the 9th edition of the Francophonie Games, held from July 28 to August 6 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), topping the rankings for the first time in its history.

On the final day of competition at the 9th Francophonie Games on Saturday, Morocco created a sensation after winning 23 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The Kingdom, which had never before won so many medals at the Francophonie Games, set a new record, with 42 medals in athletics, 8 in judo, 5 in road cycling, 2 in wrestling and one in ball juggling. Morocco’s last record was set in Côte d’Ivoire (2017), with a total of 42 medals (13 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze).

Another highlight of the Moroccan participation: the majority of medals, 34 out of 58 (including 18 gold medals), were won by Moroccan female athletes, confirming the important place occupied by women in the national sporting landscape.

MAP

Related news

Morocco will play in Group C at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, following the draw carried out on Wednesday in Bogotá.

Morocco will play reigning world champions Spain, joint-record champions USA and Paraguay in the World Cup, scheduled for August 31 to September 22 in Colombia.

Last January, the U20 women’s national football team achieved a historic qualification for the U20 World Cup.

Despite their defeat in the second-leg game of the final round of the African qualifiers against Ethiopia, the Moroccan team clinched their ticket to Colombia 2024 thanks their precious victory (2-0) in the first leg, at the Abdi El stadium in El Jadida.

Groups:

Group A: Colombia, Australia, Cameroon, Mexico

Group B: France, Canada, Brazil, Fiji

Group C: Spain, United States, Paraguay, Morocco

Group D: Germany, Venezuela, Nigeria, Republic of Korea

Group E: Japan, New Zealand, Ghana, Austria

Group F: North Korea, Argentina, Costa Rica, Netherlands

The Moroccan U-17 women’s football team has qualified for the final round of the African qualifiers for the 2024 World Cup, after a comprehensive 4-0 victory over its Algerian counterpart on Friday in Algiers, in the second leg of the third and penultimate round of the qualifiers.

Morocco’s goals were scored by C.Boughazi (6th), L.M.Jamai (62nd, 79th) and D.Haizoun (76th).

In the first leg, the Moroccan team won 4-0.

The African teams qualifying for the U-17 Women’s World Cup will be announced at the end of the fourth and final round in June.

The U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 is scheduled to take place from October 16 to November 3 in the Dominican Republic.
 

Morocco women’s national football team trashed, here Wednesday, Tunisia 4-1, in the second leg of the third and penultimate preliminary round of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Fatima Tagnaout (11th) and Ibtissam Jraidi (16th, 20th and 22nd) scored for the Atlas Lionesses, while Salma Zemzem (58th) scored the only goal for the Tunisians.

In the first leg, held last Friday in Tunis, Morocco bested Tunisia 2-1.

During the fourth and final round of 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers, Morocco will play Zambia to clinch their ticket for the 2024 Olympics as one of the two representatives of Africa.

Morocco U-17 women’s football team trashed Nigeria 11-0, Monday at the Berkane municipal stadium, in the first leg of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers (Africa zone).

Moroccan goals were scored by Ouafae Bentahri (19th), Salma Senhaji (26th), Awatif El Ghazouani (31st), Lina Jamai Mokhtari (32nd, 34th, 42nd, 45th+1, 90th+4), Ines Aboucharif (51st), Siham Bouhouch (55th) and Sara Dofry (90th).

The second-leg game will take place on Friday at the Berkane municipal stadium.

Morocco’s U20 women’s football team qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2024 in Colombia, despite losing (0-1) to its Ethiopian counterpart on Sunday at the Abebe Bikila stadium in Addis Ababa, in the second leg of the fourth and final round of African qualifiers for the World Cup, scheduled for August 31 to September 22.

Morocco beat Ethiopia 2-0 in the first leg, played last Saturday at the El Abdi stadium in El Jadida.

This is the first World Cup qualification for the national U20 women’s team.

The Moroccan women’s national team has dropped two spots to 60th in the latest International Football Federation (FIFA) rankings released on Friday.
Within Africa, the Atlas Lionesses, tallying 1411.58 points, now hold the 3rd position, trailing behind Nigeria and South Africa.

Globally, Spain claims the top spot, followed by the USA, France, England and Sweden in the world rankings.
Here follow the world Top-10:

  1. Spain 2066.05 pts
  2. United States 2045.12 pts.
  3. France 2021.69 pts.
  4. England 2014.19 pts.
  5. Sweden 1998.09 pts.
  6. Germany 1987.25 pts.
  7. Netherlands 1986.84 pts.
  8. Japan 1978.01 pts.
  9. North Korea 1950.87 pts.
  10. Canada 1948.58 pts.

( MAP 15.12.2023 )