The International Football Association (FIFA) has published a detailed report on the arrival of the Moroccan team to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, scheduled for the period between November 20 and December 18, knowing that the Lions will face Belgium, Croatia and Canada in Group F. at the World Cup.
And FIFA said: “The Moroccan team reaches its sixth participation in the World Cup, in an environment of many ambiguities and questions, but in the midst of the general optimism that accompanied the appointment of the young Moroccan coach “Walid Regraki” as coach of the Lions of the Atlas. less than three months before the start of the tournament, who should we expect from him?
The same source added: “Speaking of the Moroccan team cannot be complete without referring to a single person, Khalilozic, who was behind their qualification for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, after leading him to mark the best march among all African teams. participating in the group stage that preceded the play-off match”.
And the International Federation explained: “The Atlas Lions were the only team to achieve the highest score in the group stage, having won all six matches against Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan, before the play-off saw them face the Democratic Republic. of the Congo, and there was no qualification either. A difficult fight for the Moroccans, rather a victory by five goals than two goals in the total result of the two games”.
And FIFA indicated that, “In the midst of all these results that seem very positive at first glance, the atmosphere surrounding the Moroccan elite was very charged, and public discontent seemed to have reached its maximum for some of the decisions taken. by Bosnian coach Vahid. Halilhodzic, excluding older stars from his lists, about the Like Chelsea player Hakim Ziyech or the Bayern Munich player Nassir Mazraoui, in addition to the disgust on the part of the fans for the behavior of the Bosnian coach, often described as boring and monotonous. .”
And the same source continues: “All this public pressure, accompanied by great media pressure, hastened the end of Wahid Halilhodzic’s career with the Atlas Lions, after the Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced its separation from him on 11 last August, a scenario that Wahid lived through twice before that.” With the Ivory Coast and Japan, respectively, after being sacked despite his success in qualifying for the World Cup.
And FIFA said: “If there is something positive that accompanied the decision to part ways with Halilhodzic and appoint the Moroccan Walid Rekraki, it is the return of optimism and the positive atmosphere around the players a few weeks before the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The fans No he was slow to accept and support a person from Walid, especially since he had just come off a very successful experience with Wydad Sports, in which he won the Moroccan League and African Champions League titles in the same season.