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Morocco’s historic victory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup sparks national pride and celebration

Celebrations after the team defeated Colombia and advanced to the tournament's round of 16.

Perth, 3 August, 2023 (GNP): The Moroccan Atlas Lionesses have etched their names in history by creating a remarkable milestone at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. On their first-ever appearance at the tournament, the team’s outstanding performance has led them to qualify for the last 16, knocking out formidable opponents like Germany and Colombia.

The team’s star striker, Rosella Ayane, expressed her elation and credited the victory to a fantastic team effort. She acknowledged the challenges they faced but emphasized their unity and determination to make history for Morocco.

Moroccan fans have been pouring in their admiration and support for the athletes who have already achieved a significant feat by becoming the first Arab country to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

Notably, the Moroccan squad includes Nouhaila Benzina, who made history as the first Muslim woman wearing a hijab to play at the World Cup. Her presence on the field has been an inspiration to many, especially young Muslim women in the region.

The team’s journey has captured the hearts of the nation, and social media has been abuzz with hashtags like #DimaMaghrib and #The_impossible_is_not_Moroccan, showcasing the nation’s pride and unity.

The Moroccan national football team’s official social media account on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter, shared a simple yet powerful message in Arabic: “The impossible is not Moroccan.” This message resonated with fans, who celebrated the team’s unprecedented victory and acknowledged the historic moment.

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The team’s next challenge awaits as they face France in the upcoming round of the tournament. This match has garnered particular attention due to the recent ban imposed by the French Football Federation (FFF) on the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, during games. Nouhaila Benzina’s presence on the field carries significant symbolism, highlighting the need for inclusivity and representation in the world of football.

The success of the Atlas Lionesses is reminiscent of their male counterparts’ impressive run at the last men’s World Cup, where they reached the Round of 16 and became the first African or Arab nation to reach the semifinals. Moroccans are hopeful that this time, the national team’s fortunes may be even brighter.

As Morocco gears up to face France, the nation is united in its support and optimism for the Atlas Lionesses.