A Catalan qualified Lioncelles of Atlas

The Illiberian, lead Moroccan youth to the 2022 World Cup to be played at the end of the year in India. Great first.

In Morocco, the Catalan Patrick Cordoba would be a hero. Indeed, Lioncelles Atlas U17 have qualified for the World Cup which will take place in India from 11 to 30 October 2022. A big first for an Arab nation. In their heads, a 54 year old Illiberian. “Until then, most African countries were participating in international competitions. This was unprecedented for Morocco”, explained the man who arrived at the Moroccan Federation a little over a year ago to develop women’s football there. Performance? It was at the Moulay El Hassan Complex which was packed with 4,000 spectators. Thanks to the success over Ghana in the last round of the playoffs (2-0, 2-0 on 4-2), “These kids have made history. Here, it’s a party, if you know. The king who campaigned for the development of women’s sports was thrilled”.

Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), welcomed them to the Mohammed VI Complex in Maâmoura yesterday to congratulate and reward them with three days of relaxation in Marrakech. “You are idols and role models for future generations”support the president of the FRMF. “We have been working with young children for a year and they deserve this qualification”continued Roussillonnais past youth teams Ajaccio, Istres, Nîmes and Nice.

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