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Morocco Football Federation lifts players’ spirits with welcome party for U17 team

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The Moroccan Football Federation, FRMF, on Monday had a warm reception for the Morocco U-17 team as they arrived from Indonesia where they got to the quarter-finals.  President of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa and vice-president Mohamed Jodar commended the team’s performance despite  their not being able to advance to the last four.

The reception took place at the Mohammed VI Football Complex in Sale on Monday evening.

Team captain Abdelhamid Ait Boudlal highlighted the efforts of FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa to advance Moroccan football and furnish the national team with all the necessary resources conducive to success.

For his part, Said Chiba, the Moroccan team’s head coach, commended his players for their performance during the tournament and urged them to keep up their hard work and professionalism to eventually represent the first team.

FRMF vice-president Mohamed Jodar also expressed his pride in the team’s performance, telling the athletes to never give up on professional growth and improvement.

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The quarter-finals placement is Morocco’s best ever finish having previously reached as far as the round of 16 in 2013.

In the group stage, the Atlas Lions had two victories against Indonesia and Panama, and one defeat to Ecuador, finishing the group on top with six points.

They also defeated Iran 4-1 in a penalty shootout in the round of 16, after finishing the original time with a 1-1 draw.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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