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Over 60% of Moroccans in favour of keeping Regragui

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Despite a disappointing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the national Moroccan football team in Côte d’Ivoire, coach Walid Regragui still has the support of the majority of Moroccans to continue leading the national team.

A poll carried out by Hespress after the Atlas Lions’ defeat by Bafana Bafana in the 8th final of the AFCON, showed that 68.88% of participants wanted Walid Regragui, nicknamed “Moul Nia”, to remain in his post, against 31.12% who disagreed.

These results reflect the Moroccan public’s mixed feelings towards Regragui after this disappointing defeat, to say the least. The defeat quickly brought the national team’s fans and management back to reality after the euphoria of qualifying for the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, highlighting the continuing challenges that African soccer presents for Morocco.

Sports analyst Badr Eddine El Idrissi pointed out that the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF) had reiterated its confidence in Walid Regragui to stabilize the national team at a crucial time, with the objectives of qualifying for the World Cup and winning the next Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco in 2025.

However, the early elimination from the AFCON 2023 has raised doubts in some quarters, illustrating a potential rift between the Moroccan public and national coach Walid Regragui.

El Idrissi added that almost a third of voters were not convinced that Regragui could meet these future challenges, underlining the importance for “Ras l’avocat” to identify and overcome the tactical and technical errors that led to the AFCON failure, in order to regain the confidence of the Federation and the Moroccan public.

Regragui, as a young national talent, deserves both praise for the national team’s past success and constructive criticism for the recent disappointment, with the ultimate aim of meeting the high expectations of Moroccan fans, he felt.

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