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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 06:51 GMT

'I cannot wait to see Morocco play in Qatar we will rock the stands and make them feel at home'

(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

On a late Ramadan evening, members of the Moroccan community in Qatar took part in a football tournament at Al Gharafa Sports Club, on the outskirts of Doha. After a day of fasting, Moroccans from across the country made their way to the final of the 10th annual Ramadan football tournament.
This year, 13 teams took part in the competition, which held special significance after their national side qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
“This year, there was so much excitement around the tournament,” said Hassan Obaid, Morocco's community group president.
“It was the first time we held it in over two years due to the pandemic,” he said.“But more importantly, it is taking place just months ahead of the Atlas Lions coming to Qatar for the World Cup, and the excitement is at an all-time high as we get ready to welcome our heroes to our second home here in Qatar.”

Obaid and his fellow Moroccans have worked closely with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) during the build-up to Qatar 2022 by organising cultural performances and contributing to a host of milestone events, such as stadium inaugurations and tournaments.
“As a community, we have been part of the World Cup ever since Qatar won in 2010 the right to host it,” he said.“First, as fans honoured to have this major event come to our part of the world, and as a community, volunteering our time and sharing our culture in events like the Club World Cup and the Arab Cup.”
This year's tournament was won by the Raja Casablanca Supporters' Club, who defeated the Atlas Lions of Doha.
Mohamed al-Rayssouni scored a hat-trick in the final.
He said watching Morocco play in Qatar 2022 will be a dream come true.
“The Moroccan national team is a part of me, in the same way my heart is,” said al-Rayssouni, who has worked as a football coach in Qatar since 2019.
“Like all Moroccans, I grew up watching their every match. Football is our country's national passion,” he said.“It unites us. You can see that here in this small tournament, so you can imagine what it does on a large scale.”
“I cannot wait to see Morocco play here in Qatar, among their fans. We will rock the stands and make them feel at home,” added al-Rayssouni, who lifted the trophy and was named player of the tournament.
Morocco's ambassador to Qatar Mohamed Sitri presented the trophy to the winners.
“I invite Moroccan fans from across the world to apply for tickets and make their way to Qatar for the World Cup,” he said.“Having seen first-hand the country's preparations to host the tournament, I can say, without doubt, that this will be the most exceptional edition of the competition so far.”
“From the very beginning, His Highness the Amir has made it clear that this edition of the World Cup is for all Arabs, and so it's a real treat to have our national team qualify for the tournament, meaning that when they take to the pitch at Al Bayt Stadium, they will be playing in front of a home crowd,” Sitri added.
Morocco have been drawn into Group F alongside Croatia, Belgium and Canada, with their first match taking place on November 23 at Al Bayt Stadium against Croatia, who were finalists in 2018.
Morocco's best showing at a FIFA World Cup came at Mexico 1986 when they made it to the knockout rounds after going undefeated in a group that featured England, Portugal and Poland.
Hopes are high for the Atlas Lions to repeat or even improve that showing this year.
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