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IBSA Blind Football World Championships preview: Morocco

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Morocco enters this tournament as clear underdogs who will be lucky to win a game.  These world championships are their first ever for Morocco, and the second time ever an African team will compete, having qualified beating Senegal at Lambersart Stadium in France in April of this year.  They won 1 – 0 in their first game, before drawing 0 – 0 in their second.  Morocco is a pool that includes host Japan, Paraguay and France.

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The Moroccan side is coached by Driss El Mountaqi.  While in France, they also played test matches against a local French club sides.  They also played a friendly against a French club side in September of this year, with noticable improvement in form from their first games.  Players showed more aggression, better placement on the field and a willingness to go after the ball.

 

It would be fantastic for Morocco to win at least one game, as the IBSA is seeking to expand the game on the African continent in countries like Cameroon, Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa.  The goal is to expand the number of national teams from its current base of two and have a 2015 African Cup of Nations that would serve as African qualifier for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

 

Egypt is also looking to develop the game, with the American University in Cairo hosting an sixteen team tournament earlier this month.  Others have started developing the game in Mali with organized games taking place at a school for the blind.  France has also been working on developing the game in Africa, sending officials, players and others to work with local blind organizations to assist in getting the game off the ground.

Morocco plays Senegal in the All African Open.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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