Saturday 24 February 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 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.

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Rabat – The Moroccan women’s national football team beat Namibia 2-0, Tuesday at the HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan Sports Complex in Rabat, to advance to the third round of the African qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The Atlas Lionesses’ goals were scored by Imane Saoud (76th) and Ghizlane Chebbak (89th).

In the first-leg game, held on October 26th in Marrakech, the Moroccan team bested Namibia 2-0.

The 3rd round games will be played on February 19-28, 2024.

Five African countries participated in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament since its debut in Atlanta in 1996: Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The two representatives of Africa in the Paris Olympics will be known at the end of the fourth and final round (April 1-9).

Moroccan women’s football has “a bright and promising future ahead of it,” assured the new coach of the Moroccan women’s national team, Spaniard Jorge Vilda Rodriguez, on Sunday in Sale.

“I am honored by the trust placed in me by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and to continue the work accomplished by my predecessor Reynald Pedros and his staff with the Moroccan women’s national team since 2021,” which culminated in a qualification for the Round of 16 at the last World Cup, he said at a press conference held at the Mohammed VI Football Complex to present the new coach of the Atlas Lionesses.

“It’s a challenge we’re delighted to take up with great enthusiasm and commitment,” he continued, expressing his ambition to build a strong, competitive national team.

“The sports facilities in Morocco, notably the Mohammed VI Football Complex, are world-class,” he emphasized, noting his desire to implement a playing philosophy that would suit the Atlas Lionesses.

“I’ve always admired the talent and passion of Moroccan footballers,” he added, noting that “being part of the FRMF project is a responsibility I’ve accepted with great humility.”

According to him, the players on the national team represent not only their country, but “all the women who struggle to achieve their dreams.”

Referring to his career in Spain, he said he had spent some unforgettable moments with the Spanish women’s team, which won the last FIFA World Cup, jointly organized by Australia and New Zealand.

For his part, FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa affirmed that the former Moroccan women’s national team staff had done a good job, culminating in qualification for the Round of 16 at the last World Cup.

After noting that the ambition of Morocco, HM King Mohammed VI, and all Moroccans is to play decisive roles in world competitions, particularly the World Cup, he said that national football was on a fine dynamic.

“Qualifying for a World Cup and reaching the Round of 16 is now a thing of the past. Today, national teams such as the futsal team are in the running for a world title,” he continued.

“Our ambition is realistic, simple, and clear: to move forward and do better,” he remarked, pointing out that the next milestones for the Atlas Lionesses will be the next Africa Cup of Nations, to be held in Morocco in 2024, and the World Cup in 2027.

Casablanca – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Thursday that it had secured the services of Spaniard Jorge Vilda Rodriguez to coach the women’s national A team.

Rodriguez has been appointed to replace Reynald Pedros, following the end of his mission, FRMF pointed out on its website.

The Federation expressed its thanks to Reynald Pedros for his work at the helm of the women’s national team, which was crowned by the historic qualification for the Round of 16 of the Australia-New Zealand 2023 World Cup.

The new coach of the Atlas Lionesses won the last FIFA World Cup with the Spanish national team, according to the same source.