Al Rayyan, Qatar – as Morocco Coach Walid Regargui is hoping to be the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup Atlas Lions’ The success will lead to more opportunities for coaches of Arab origin in Europe.
“The question is probably best to ask European clubs: ‘Why don’t they hire Arab coaches?’ Regargui told a press conference the day before his team’s start portugal In the quarter finals.
“Maybe it’s a cultural question, maybe it’s a mindset aspect. Today, I think it’s impossible Manchester City either barcelona Will bring one billion coaches. They don’t even think about it, as if we are not worthy. As if we are ignorant in football or we are incapable of such a task.
“However, there are moments in history that make people change their minds and it is up to us Arab and African cultures to show that we are ready.”
Since his 13-year playing career ended in 2011 – which was mainly spent in France – Regaragui’s coaching career has been limited to jobs in Morocco and Qatar. At the time, Regargui said, other opportunities did not arise due to a perceived lack of experience.
“It’s impossible for him, let’s look for someone else,” said Regaragui, offering his previous assessment as a coaching candidate. “Seven Games” [as Morocco’s coach] And I’m in the quarterfinals.
“Explain that to me. Explain this miracle. Experience? It doesn’t matter. It’s skill. It doesn’t matter your background, religiously speaking or culturally speaking or where you’re from. Skill is the only solution.” Is.”
The 46-year-old Regargui took over as Morocco’s coach just three months ago, after leading Morocco’s Wyad Casablanca to the African Champions League title in May.
He replaced Bosnian Vahid Halihojić, who led the team through qualification, but was partially sacked after clashes with star players. prince zeich And Nussair Mazroui – Both players have started all four games in Qatar.
At the World Cup, Regargui has been praised for instituting an effective system in which he asked too many of his players on the defensive end. Through four games, Morocco have kept three clean sheets (against) belgium, Croatia And spain) and the only goal against which he was allowed was his own goal Canada,
Regargui said, “The challenge is to do as we did in the previous games. And if we succeed. We will beat practically all the best sides.”
“We want to show that Africa deserves to be here. Morocco deserves to be here. That football is global and we have good players. We have the federation behind us. We have the whole people behind us, and really, the whole continent behind us.” And so is the Arab world.
With Morocco representing both African and Arab nations, reaching the semi-finals would be a historic achievement with far-reaching implications.
“I want to change the mindset,” Regaragui said. “A lot of African coaches can actually be coaching in Europe and at great clubs.”