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Reynald Pedros: Morocco will play with heart and desire for their country and their fans

Morocco coach Reynald Pedros says the Atlas Lionesses are “ready to give everything for their country and their supporters” when they go in search of a historic first TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title.

“We have been working on this for more than a year. We arrive with some certainties and now we have to express it on the pitch. The enthusiasm of the public ensures we have to perform in every match with heart and desire. People can see that this team is ready to give everything for its country and its supporters. People have been coming to the stadium in huge numbers. If there was a stadium that seats 70 000 people, it would have been full. These are due to the efforts of the Moroccan Federation and the players, and now we must continue and not stop there. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, but it’s already a successful WAFCON,” Pedros said in his pre-match press conference before tomorrow’s massive final match against South Africa at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.

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Pedros says his team is well rested and prepared for the huge clash and that “everyone is fit and operational” for tomorrow’s match, with their confidence sky high after beating nine-time champions Nigeria in their semi-final.

The Moroccan coach expects a similar quality of opponent as Nigeria, but a very different style of play from Banyana Banyana.

Reynald Pedros

“They are the best team in Africa, along with Nigeria, but they have completely different characteristics. They are a team that plays good football, very technical. It will be a different style of play, a different opponent but we are also here to impose our game and our style. All that I hope is that we win this final and that there is a show and a feast for the 50 000 fans who will be there to enjoy themelves and I hope it will be a great game,” said Pedros.


The Moroccan coach said he was not going to change his approach to what has been a very successful tournament to date for the Moroccans.

“We’re going to do exactly the same thing. We’ve worked the same way and we’ve changed nothing at all. We’re good at what we are doing and I don’t see the point of changing anything,” concluded Pedros.

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