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Buhari hails Morocco ahead of clash against France

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Moroccan national team, the Atlas Lions and the ruler of the country, King Mohammed the VI for making history at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.

In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu on Monday in Abuja, Buhari lauded the Atlas Lions for becoming the fourth team from an African country to ever qualify for the World Cup quarterfinals. (TNG) reports that the team is also the first in Africa to win a place in a semi-final at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

According to Buhari, Morocco has made the entire continent proud with their grit and dexterity, giving hope that an African team can indeed win, and should win the ongoing global championship in Qatar.

Buhari commended the team for their skill and teamwork, saying at the same time that this could not have been achieved without the exemplary role of the Moroccan authorities in putting together a formidable team.

TNG reports the Atlas Lions of Morocco qualified for the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after a 1-0 defeat of Portugal.

Youssef En-Nesyri headed the historic goal in the 42nd minute when he beat Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa to a cross from Yahya Attiat-Allah.

Ronaldo was again not in the starting line-up but came on in the 51st minute for his 196th cap which equalled the world record from Saudi Arabia’s Badr al-Mutawa.

However, he was unable to force a turnaround for Portugal and left the pitch in tears.

Morocco will now continue on Wednesday when they face title-holders, France for a spot in the 2022 World Cup final.

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