The Lionesses dug deep early on Sunday morning to record their first ever win at the Mundial
Morocco’s national women’s football team, the Lionesses, secured their first-ever victory at the prestigious FIFA Women’s World Cup early on Sunday morning.
This triumph etches their name alongside Nigeria’s Super Falcons as Africa’s representatives with a win in the 2023 edition held in Australia and New Zealand.
Marking their debut appearance at the global showpiece, the Moroccans encountered a tough challenge in their opening game, succumbing to a 6-0 defeat against Germany.
However, their spirit and resilience shone through as they made an astonishing comeback, prevailing in a remarkable 1-0 victory against Korea Republic at the Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
The pivotal moment came in the sixth minute when Ibtissam Jraidi seized the opportunity with a well-executed header, propelling Morocco to score their maiden goal in a World Cup match.
Notably, Morocco’s defender Nouhaila Benzina etched her name in history by becoming the first player to don a hijab at a Women’s World Cup.
With their eyes set on further accomplishments, the Lionesses stand a chance to qualify for the Round of 16 if they secure a win against Colombia in their last group match scheduled for next week.
Morocco’s triumph adds to the jubilation for African football, as Nigeria’s Super Falcons also made a statement with their thrilling 3-2 win against Australia. Three goals from Uchenna Kanu, Osinachi Ohale, and Asisat Oshoala provided the continent with ample reason to celebrate on Thursday.
Nigeria are gearing up for their final Group B match against Ireland on Monday. Aiming to advance to the knockout round, the Super Falcons will be the first team from Africa to secure their spot by ensuring at least a point against the Europeans.