In recognition of the U-17 Moroccan national football team’s achievement of qualifying for the World Cup quarterfinals in Indonesia, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) threw a reception ceremony 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.
The U-17 national team made it to the 2023 World Cup quarter-finals, making it the team’s best-ever finish at the tournament. Previously, they had 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.