WORLD CUP Dark Horses Morocco are set to win with manager Walid Regragui saying his team “wants to be world champions”.
The North African team was one of the surprise packages of the World Cup, leading their group made up of 2018 finalists Croatia, Belgium’s golden generation and Canada.
They then met 2010 world champions Spain, a neighboring country separated by the Strait of Gibraltar, in the round of 16.
And they held the Spaniards in a 0-0 draw for 120 minutes before beating them 3-0 on penalties.
Morocco became the fourth African country to finish in the last eight at a World Cup, after Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
They will now face Portugal in the quarter-finals on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals, where they could face current world champions France or England.
And manager Regragui has insisted his team want to win the World Cup and become world champions.
He says all of Africa and the Arabs are behind Morocco.
On the duel with Portugal, Regragui said: “Portugal are the favorites in this group, but we also want to be world champions.
“We feel that we are not just a country but a continent.
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“All of Africa is with us and so are the Arabs.”
A win over Portugal, then France or England and then Argentina, Holland, Brazil or Croatia in the final would improve Morocco’s ace Sofiane Boufal’s prognosis.
The ex-Southampton ace predicted back in September that Morocco would reach the quarter-finals of the winter tournament.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6880464/ambitious-morocco-manager-win-world-cup-african-team/ The ambitious Moroccan boss says his country wants to win the World Cup as they aim to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals