Morocco’s World Cup journey is over, what a ride it was.
There was disappointment for Morocco players at the final whistle of their 2-0 defeat to France.
They missed out on the opportunity to create further history and reach a World Cup final, but despite the disappointment, there should also be pride in what they have achieved in Qatar.
Walid Regragui’s side shocked the world, beating Belgium, Spain and Portugal on their remarkable run to the last four.
Their huge support also made the games huge occasions, creating a phenomenal atmosphere in the stadiums.
Ultimately, France proved one hurdle too many, especially with the injury problems that saw West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd withdraw from the starting line-up just before kick-off and Romain Saiss come off after just 21 minutes of the semi-final.
However, when this group of players look back, they created history becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals, and they will always have that history on their side. Let’s not forget that they can create further history with a third-place finish, should they beat Croatia on Saturday.
Morocco are the story of the World Cup. This was shown in the emotional scenes at the final whistle on Wednesday evening as Didier Deschamps embraced the Moroccon players. He knew just how important they have been for this tournament.
They players were roared on right until the end by their supporters in Qatar, and no doubt they will be returning home as heroes when they finally do return to Morocco.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas