Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Moroccans queuing for free tickets to the semi-finals

AL WAKRAH, Qatar ( Associated Press) – Hundreds of Moroccan fans queued outside Al Janab Stadium on Tuesday in hopes of getting free tickets to their team’s World Cup semifinal against France on Wednesday.

The tickets were distributed by the Moroccan Football Federation in coordination with FIFA and the Organizing Committee of Qatar.

“We bought the rest of the unsold tickets to distribute to our fans,” said the federation’s president, Fauji Lecja. “They are here in Qatar and all they want is to be able to see the national team.”

Morocco, the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, will play the defending champions at the Al Bait de Jour Stadium.

Fans who went to the Al Janab Stadium reported that they had been waiting for several hours. Many camped with blankets and chairs, taking turns sleeping there. Many plan to root for the team in Qatar if they fail to get tickets.

“in God We Trust. We wish from the bottom of our hearts that tomorrow’s game goes well,” said Moroccan fan Mohamed El Hamami. “Hope our team wins. We don’t have tickets, so we’re going out and we’re going to support him.”

Another fan, Hasne Belazez, said the wait was worth it. “It is more than a dream, it is incredible. It is a matter of national pride. It is something historic.”

The Moroccan airline, Royal Air Maroc, confirmed that it would operate 30 flights between Casablanca and Doha ahead of the Games.

“Following the success of an extraordinary flight operation for the Morocco-Portugal match (in the quarter-finals), we have quadrupled the number of flights to 30 in less than 24 hours on large-capacity aircraft,” said Royal Air Maroc President Addou, Abdelhamid said in a statement.

Royal Air Maroc said a round-trip ticket would cost 5,000 dirhams ($475).

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