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Can Morocco Write The Books?

Morocco is poised to make World Cup history for Africa, and the Atlas Lions should take heart from the several firsts the nation has already accomplished at the tournament.

An African team has never advanced past the quarterfinals; Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002), and Ghana (2010) all lost their semifinal games.

But if Morocco defeats Portugal on Saturday, a team they defeated in 1986 to become the first African team to go to the second round, the Atlas Lions would have reached new heights for both Africa and the larger Arab world.

Former Moroccan minister of youth and sports Moncef Belkhayat told BBC Sport Africa that a victory for Morocco would be a “breakthrough result.”

It will certainly generate great vitality on the social and economic fronts.

Belkhayat, who is currently in command of the cutting-edge Mohamed VI training facility in the country’s capital Rabat, claims that “40 million Moroccans” support the group.
There is a lot of happiness. Everyone wants to visit and is growing fond of it, he said.

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