South African newspaper, FARPOST, reported, Sunday, that the Atlas Lions achieved their first victory against Brazil thanks to the enlightened vision of His Majesty King Mohammed 6th and His massive investment in football.
Under the title “Morocco King’s vision key to victory over Brazil,” FARPOST noted that the wise royal vision to develop Moroccan football has paid off, as reflected in the Atlas Lions’ recent success.
The newspaper further noted that the Morocco-Brazil friendly was a tribute to football legend Pele who passed away in December, adding that both Soufiane Boufal and Abdelhamid Sabiri struck on either side of the halftime, sending celebrations across Morocco.
In this regard, FARPOST added that Morocco, which is in the same group as the South African national football team in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, affirmed its status as the leading nation of African football, noting that Morocco’s victory against the Selecao followed the Atlas Lions’ qualifications for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Crucially, the win over the five-time world champions proves that their 2022 Qatar World Cup heroics were not a fluke,” emphasized the South African newspaper, recalling Morocco’s win against Portugal in the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup, becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.
FARPOST also recalled the statements of the coach of the national team, Walid Regragui, and that of the South African team, Pitso Mosimane, who both attributed the success of Moroccan football and sport to the wise vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
“His Majesty King Mohammed VI has put a lot of means to advance football in Morocco,” wrote the newspaper, quoting coach Walid Regragui.
The newspaper explained that the key to this success is Mohammed VI Football Academy which opened in 2009 in Rabat, arguing that the state-of-the-art facility brings together young talent from across Morocco.
In this context, the South African newspaper mentioned that Yousef En-Nesyri, the quarter-final World cup goal hero in the 1-0 win over Portugal, is an alumnus of Mohammed VI Football Academy.
FARPOST also cited the advisor of the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Omar Khyari, saying the victory over Brazil is proof that His Majesty the King’s foresight and great vision to develop football is bearing fruit.
“Today’s win is a result of his hard work and great plans not just for football but for all sports. Beating Brazil is an immensely proud moment for Morocco,” stated Khyari to FARPOST.
Khyari also recalled that His Majesty the King’s vision uplifted women’s football, as the national team reached the final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations last year and will participate in their maiden World Cup later this year, adding that the Moroccan Futsal team won the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations.