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African Cup of Nations: The Moroccan national team bids farewell to the tournament after losing to South Africa with two clean goals – . .

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  • Author, Amr Fikry
  • Role, BBC – Cairo

The Moroccan national team bid farewell to the 2023 African Cup of Nations, after losing to the South African national team with two clean goals, in the round of 16, and it was the only Arab team remaining in the tournament.

Since Morocco’s victory over Portugal in the quarter-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and its qualification to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in the history of the African continent and the Arab countries, many have begun to think that the time has come for the Atlas Lions to return to the throne of the African continent, but South Africa has dashed those hopes. .

Morocco, which qualified for the 1970 World Cup, advanced to the second round in the 1986 World Cup, then qualified twice in a row for the World Cup in 1994 and 1998, and twice more in 2018 and 2022, was not crowned champion of its continent except on one occasion in 1976.

The tournament in which Morocco participated for the first time in 1972 remained difficult for him despite his qualification for the World Cup several times in the same periods, which accompanied his failure on the continent, and he did not win it except in his second participation in Ethiopia in 1976, when the coronation stage was a group stage, in which Morocco won over Egypt. Nigeria and tied with Guinea to be crowned champion of the continent.

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