Morocco say they are not favorites. But he does not intend to present himself as an expiatory victim against Brazil which he faces, this Sunday, September 26, in the quarter-finals of the Futsal World Cup. The coach of the Atlas Lions, Hicham Dguig, made it known after the round of 16 won against Venezuela (3-2) at Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania. Its next opponent, at the Vilnius Arena, is indeed the most successful team of this competition (5 coronations). But Moroccans are not lacking in assets. First, there is Soufiane El Mesrar.
The ACCS Paris player has already scored four goals in this competition, including a triple retaining in eighth. In the group stage, it often has the characteristic of dangerous offensives, but
A figure of futbal
Soufiane El Mesrar is a figure of Moroccan futsal. He shone with AS Dynamo Kénitra, the best club in the country he joined in 2010 by finishing twice champion of Morocco (2016-2017 and 2017-2018). He expanded his record by winning the Throne Cup in 2018. That same year, the player went to Montpellier Méditerranée Futsal with his compatriot Bilal Bakkali. With the Mediterranean club, they finished fifth in D2, before his team was excluded from any competition for “Extra-sporting reasons”. Arrival at the ACCS FC stage, a club he joined with Bakkali.
In selection, El Mesrar is a regular. He took part in the 2012 and 2016 World Cups during which Morocco could not get past the group stage. These failures will however be mitigated by the two African championship titles won in 2016 in South Africa and in 2020 at home. Each time, El Mesrar scored three goals in this competition, including a double in the 2020 final against Egypt (5-0).
Between the two CAN, the ACCS Paris player also shone at the international tournament in Changshu (China) during which he finished top scorer.
“Eight years of work”
El Mesrar remains confident for the rest of the competition and ensures that the results of the selection were expected. “This result does not happen like that by chance. It’s been eight years of work with Hicham Dguig, he told FIFA.com after the round of 16. The federation has a plan in place to develop Moroccan futsal. Today, we are reaping the benefits and we are proud of ourselves. “
The player dreamed of facing Brazil. Morocco had also scheduled friendly matches against Auriverde and Argentines, but these meetings had been canceled. The quarter-final is a great opportunity to finally face the South Americans. “If you play three World Cups and never play against Brazil, it’s frustrating! I finally have this chance for the first time ”, he rejoiced.
El Mesrar like these teammates says Brazil, but does not intend to present himself as an expiatory victim. “Everyone knows this team, its history, its stars, he admitted. We know it will be a difficult game, that we will be under pressure, and we will have to defend very well. “
Corn for Morocco’s top scorer, “We are there, we must be difficult for us, but it must be difficult for them too!”
Jouad, the youngest, assumes
Youssef Jouad (4).
Morocco can also put on a player who shines in Lithuania: Youssef Jouad. A two-time scorer in this competition, Jouad finished top scorer (7 goals) in the Arab Cup in Egypt and best player in the final. The Benjamin of the Atlas Lions (21) is renowned for his versatility, his ability to defend quickly and to project himself to score.
“He’s a spectacular player, portrayed on FIFA.com Graeme Dell, futsal instructor of the world body. The set of versatility to fly freely on the ground. He has demonstrated the extent of his potential.
Jouad is one of the five most anticipated young talents of this World Cup. At this point, he has assumed this status with flying colors.
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