Rabat – His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, received on Tuesday in the Throne Room at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the members of the National Soccer Team, after their brilliant performance in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. This audience reflects the high solicitude of His Majesty the King for young people and the particular interest that the Sovereign grants to the sports sector in general and soccer in particular. It follows the historic and unprecedented achievement made by the National Team, which reached the semi-finals, the first and most resounding success of its kind of Moroccan, Arab and African soccer, during this global sporting event finals.
During this audience, the Sovereign decorated president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lakjaâ, the coach of the National Team, Walid Regragui, and the national team players, who were accompanied by their mothers, with Royal Wissams. HM, the King decorated with the Al Arch Wissam of 2nd class (Commander), Fouzi Lakjaâ and Walid Regragui. The Sovereign awarded the Al Arch Wissam of 3rd class (Officer) to the players of the national squad: Ghanem Saïss, Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Sofyan Amrabat, Nayef Aguerd (graduate of the Mohammed VI Football Academy), Hakim Ziyech, and Azzedine Ounahi (graduate of the Mohammed VI Football Academy). HM, the King decorated with the same Wissam Abderrazak Hamdallah, Anass Zaroury, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Mounir El Kajoui, Ilias Chair, Zakaria Aboukhlal, Selim Amallah, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Sofiane Boufal, Jawad El-Yamiq, Youssef En-Nesyri (graduate of the Mohammed VI Football Academy), Achraf Dari, Walid Cheddira, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (graduate of the Mohammed VI Football Academy), Bilel El Khanouss, Badr Benoun, Yahia Attiat-Allah El Idrissi and Yahya Jabrane.
HM, the King has also given His High Instructions for the awarding of Royal decorations to the national team’s technical and medical staff in recognition of the exceptional work done. After that, HM the King, may God assist Him, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, posed for a souvenir photo with the members of the national team and the mothers of the players present. On this occasion, the national team members presented HM the King with souvenirs as an expression of their gratitude to the Sovereign for His support throughout this world competition. The reception by HM the King, may God assist Him, of the players accompanied by their mothers is a tribute to these Moroccan women who have instilled in their children the values of patriotism, sacrifice, and national belonging. It is also an expression of the place the Sovereign grants to the Moroccan woman as a pillar of the family and society. The members of the National Team had returned to the Kingdom late Tuesday afternoon. The inhabitants of Rabat, Salé, and other cities of the Kingdom have given them a warm welcome. Thus, since their arrival at the Rabat-Salé airport and throughout their route, the Atlas Lions were given a standing ovation by a public that came in large numbers to cheer them and salute their courage and fighting spirit.