As reported Record, a host of extra flights arranged by the Moroccan football federation to carry additional fans from Casablanca to Doha ahead of the national team’s World Cup quarter-final with Portugal have already sold out.
Having become just the fourth African nation to make a World Cup’s last eight, interest in the Atlas Lions has exploded in Morocco. With thousands of fans already in Doha for the tournament and expected to attend the game, Moroccan authorities charted an additional seven flights to allow around 2,000 more fans to be at the match with Fernando Santos’ Portugal this weekend.
Seats on those flights, however, were sold out in under an hour as excitement grows following Morocco’s shock last 16 win over one of the tournament favourites, Spain, via a penalty shootout. Impressively, Morocco won a tricky-looking group which included a free-wheeling Canada, 2018 runners-up Croatia and a much-fancied Belgium side boasting significant quality.
However, in their four games so far in Qatar, Morocco have only conceded once, an own goal against Canada, and will look to make history by becoming Africa’s first-ever World Cup semi-finalists.