Faces of Soccer: Morocco – a letter to the nationwide group

Faces of Football: Morocco - a letter to the national team

Expensive Moroccan nationwide group,

I’m Nabil Hamdaoui, aka Nabil Skily, aka Nabil Au Brésil and, like most Moroccan 80s infants, I grew watching Diego Maradona’s Argentina, Roberto Baggio’s Italy, Ronaldo’s Brazil, Zinedine Zidane’s France and, most significantly, Mustapha Hadji, Noureddine Naybet and Salaheddine Bassir’s Morocco. 

Though solely two years outdated and too younger to recollect, I used to be alive for our spherical of 16 recreation in the course of the 1986 FIFA World Cup – a primary for a North African nation. My elders used to inform me concerning the joys of that event and likewise the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations when Ahmed Faras led the nation to its first continental title.

The primary event I keep in mind Morocco taking part in in was the 1998 World Cup – and what a bittersweet one it was. We had been knocked out within the group phases, however had been so shut to creating it by to the spherical of 16 and would’ve if not for Brazil’s shock defeat to Norway on the ultimate matchday. It was heartbreaking, however I used to be so pleased with my nation for his or her efforts in France. 

The thrill and satisfaction we now have in our nationwide group has all the time been actual. This was handed on to us from earlier generations who received a style of glory in the course of the nation’s golden period for soccer, and whereas we haven’t fairly hit these heights since, the hope has remained as a result of we’ve all the time been capable of produce not less than one or two really high class footballers. 

From the 90s legends I grew up watching like Salaheddine Bassir, Noureddine Naybet, Mustapha Hadji, to this new technology of Hakim Zyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, we’ve all the time had nice gamers, but have usually lacked the group spirit and unity to benefit from these skills. Russia 2018 was a chief instance of that because it took us a little bit of time to essentially come collectively as a squad, and as a consequence of this we ended up being knocked out within the group phases. 

I’m hoping this World Cup in Qatar will probably be completely different, and one the place we show our true credentials on the world stage. It’s been a very long time since we gave a very good account of ourselves at a World Cup –  since 1998 – however we’ve all the time trusted that Morocco has the potential to do nice issues at a significant event once more with the precise gamers and group spirit. I hope we now have each now.  

This yr’s event is vital for us as a nation. We have to put the final minute teaching adjustments and inner issues the squad has confronted and provides an excellent account of ourselves to be able to present the world who we actually are. 

We’re Morocco. 

We stay for soccer. 

We have fun the group with all our hearts, on and off the sector. 

Let’s take it step-by-step, and make our nation proud one recreation at a time. 

We belief you. We love you.

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