Morocco's Captain Ghizlane Chebbak Pioneers Arab Women's Football
Morocco's captain, Ghizlane Chebbak, is determined to make a mark at the Women's World Cup, emphasizing that they are not mere participants but serious competitors. As the first Arab country to take part in the tournament, they feel a significant responsibility to represent their nation positively.
Their qualification for the event was achieved by finishing as runners-up at the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations, with Chebbak being named Player of the Tournament and the joint top scorer. Being the pioneers for Arab countries in the World Cup, they aim to showcase the progress of Moroccan women's football and hope to inspire future generations.
Facing the formidable Germany in their debut match presents a tough challenge, given Germany's impressive history in women's football. Nonetheless, Morocco's coach, Reynald Pedros, believes that the experience gained from this opportunity will be invaluable for his squad.
Adding to the significance of their participation, Nouhaila Benzina will make history as the first player to wear a hijab at a senior women's tournament, following FIFA's authorization for religious head covers in 2014.
Germany, despite their status as favorites, acknowledge the heightened competitiveness in women's football and the challenging nature of every match in the World Cup. They may also face difficulties with key players Marina Hegering and Lena Oberdorf potentially missing the tournament due to injuries.