National voter, Walid Regragui, stressed the importance of achieving victory at the start of the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Regragui said, in a statement to the press after the national team’s victory over its Tanzanian host (2-0) in the match that brought them together yesterday, Tuesday, on the grounds of the Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, that “it is very important to achieve victory at the beginning of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers,” especially off the field. He highlighted that it was not easy to defeat the Tanzania national team, especially on home soil and among its fans.
After he praised the performance of his players despite the difficult circumstances, and the excellent work done by the technical staff of the national team, Regragui stressed that the national elements realize that every match must be played as if it were a match in the World Cup or at a high level.
Regragui added that missing a penalty kick in the first minutes of the match could sow doubt among the players, but the national team remained calm thanks to the expertise and experience of its members, noting that Hakim Ziyech can always, thanks to his high quality, find solutions and change the course of the match.
He stressed that this victory will give the Lions confidence before they compete in the finals of the African Cup of Nations scheduled for the period from January 13 to February 11, 2024 in Côte d’Ivoire.
But he stressed, on the other hand, that the World Cup qualifiers matches are very different from the matches that await the national team during the African Cup, stressing the importance of making every effort to bring joy to the hearts of Moroccans.
Thanks to the victory achieved by the Atlas Lions over the Tanzania national team, the national team rose to the top of Group E with three points from one match on goal difference against the teams of Zambia, Niger and Tanzania, which played two matches, while the Congolese national team is at the bottom of the group standings without points after playing one match.