The success of Morocco’s women’s national football team at the 2023 FIFA World Cup is a great testament to King Mohammed VI’s sports ambition.
Despite playing in the FIFA World Cup for the first time, the Atlas Lionesses defied the odds and qualified for the round of 16 in New Zealand and Australia.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and government have emphasised outfitting all national teams that represent the country in important international events with enough financial support, both local and overseas training, and cutting-edge training facilities.
As a result, players have moved seamlessly from junior to senior squads.
The senior men’s squad made history by being the first African country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
The senior men’s squad made history by being the first African country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 2022, a journey that began with their local-based team, which won the CHAN trophy back-to-back in 2018 and 2020.
The country hosted the 2023 CAF Under 23 AFCON finals, and they not only won the title, but they also qualified to represent the continent in next year’s Summer Olympics in Paris.
The Mohammed VI Sports Complex, built for 15 million US dollars by the present king and assigned to all national teams training from the U 15, Under 17, Under 20, and Under 23, is one of the country’s notable sports facilities.
Its out of this prioritisation of ultra modern state of the art facilities that also seen Moroccan Clubs Wydad Casablanca,Raja Casablanca,RS Berkane and ASFAR Women have bagged all lucrative CAF Champions league and Confederations Cup in the last 3 years.
The history makers Atlas lionesses will return to the pitch on-the 8th August for round of 16 fixture against powerhouse France.