We want to leave the legacy of being the best Africa’s team: Regragui

We want to leave the legacy of being the best Africa’s team: Regragui

Moroco’s squad may not have been able to deliver a fairy-tale finish to their spectacular underdog narrative when they were defeated 2-0 by defending champions France in the quarterfinals. But don’t go out of the cinema any time soon. Morocco may still conclude the campaign on a strong note when they meet Croatia in the third-place play-off on Sunday. And they are motivated to get back in the ring and battle for many more fights.

Morocco, according to Walid Regragui, has been the Rocky Balboa of the FIFA World Cup 2022 QatarTM, and he believes that, like the long-running movie, his squad will have many more sequels.

In an interview with the FIFA official, the coach stated “Now we have been knocked out but we will get back up like Rocky always gets back up, I know there’s a Rocky 7 or 8. So we’ll be around for a long time.”

He furthered more by saying that “It’s complicated because we started strong, we wanted to give many people hope too, but unfortunately the competition is what it is. We came up against a beautiful squad. The best squad in the world. We learned a lot. That’s what we need to get ourselves up, we need to learn well in order to move forward and do better than what we did.”

Although they will not be competing in Sunday’s final at Lusail Stadium, the Atlas Lions will be remembered for shocking Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. So will their ardent fans, who travelled to Qatar in their tens of thousands and created a raucous atmosphere at each match.

When the coach was asked on how his team would be remembered, he aimed higher by saying that “As the first African squad to go to the semi-finals and as the best African team in history, the results are clear, we are semi-finalists but we have faced some of the best European teams.

Morocco’s achievements have inevitably brought Regragui’s ability as a coach to the forefront and significantly enhanced his reputation, although he refuses to accept credit.

When Morocco faces Croatia, there is opportunity for more platitudes from Regragui’s players, and the coach is keen for his team to have one more hurrah by winning their final match in Qatar and clinching third place.

“We are committed to finishing on a victory, for the public too. Taking the third place means being on the podium,” he says. “So it is important for the country, and for the players, to finish well in this competition. We will give our best effort to bring home third place.”

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Moroco’s squad may not have been able to deliver a fairy-tale finish to their spectacular underdog narrative when they were defeated 2-0 by defending champions France in the quarterfinals. But don’t go out of the cinema any time soon. Morocco may still conclude the campaign on a strong note when they meet Croatia in the third-place play-off on Sunday. And they are motivated to get back in the ring and battle for many more fights.

Morocco, according to Walid Regragui, has been the Rocky Balboa of the FIFA World Cup 2022 QatarTM, and he believes that, like the long-running movie, his squad will have many more sequels.

In an interview with the FIFA official, the coach stated “Now we have been knocked out but we will get back up like Rocky always gets back up, I know there’s a Rocky 7 or 8. So we’ll be around for a long time.”

He furthered more by saying that “It’s complicated because we started strong, we wanted to give many people hope too, but unfortunately the competition is what it is. We came up against a beautiful squad. The best squad in the world. We learned a lot. That’s what we need to get ourselves up, we need to learn well in order to move forward and do better than what we did.”

Although they will not be competing in Sunday’s final at Lusail Stadium, the Atlas Lions will be remembered for shocking Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. So will their ardent fans, who travelled to Qatar in their tens of thousands and created a raucous atmosphere at each match.

When the coach was asked on how his team would be remembered, he aimed higher by saying that “As the first African squad to go to the semi-finals and as the best African team in history, the results are clear, we are semi-finalists but we have faced some of the best European teams.

Morocco’s achievements have inevitably brought Regragui’s ability as a coach to the forefront and significantly enhanced his reputation, although he refuses to accept credit.

When Morocco faces Croatia, there is opportunity for more platitudes from Regragui’s players, and the coach is keen for his team to have one more hurrah by winning their final match in Qatar and clinching third place.

“We are committed to finishing on a victory, for the public too. Taking the third place means being on the podium,” he says. “So it is important for the country, and for the players, to finish well in this competition. We will give our best effort to bring home third place.”

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