Saturday 13 July 2024

Women’s World Cup 2023 : ‘We’ll Do Everything to Qualify for the Quarter-finals’ (Coach)

Hindmarsh – The Moroccan women’s football team will be doing everything in their power to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup at the expense of France, said Reynald Pedros, coach of the Atlas Lionesses, on Monday.

“We’re going to keep the same state of mind we showed against South Korea and against Colombia,” Pedros assured at the pre-match press conference, adding that the players are making sure they are “very compact, very aggressive, very attentive and very effective”.

“We’re going to take it up a notch, particularly on both the defensive and offensive surfaces, to be more decisive”, he emphasized, adding that the squad is complete, has trained very well and is ready to give Les Bleues a run for their money.

“Solidarity, determination, desire… All these ingredients will be further enhanced in this game to ensure qualification for the quarter-finals,” said the French coach.

In the Round of 16 of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the Moroccan team will face their French counterparts on Tuesday at 12pm (GMT+1) at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide (Australia), with their sights set on a new historic feat to add to the many achievements of national football in recent years.

The first Arab team to take part in a Women’s World Cup, Morocco finished the group phase in second place in Group H with 6 points, after a loss to Germany and two wins over South Korea and Colombia.

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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 )