The Special Olympics Morocco Football team in the final four of the Unified Football World Cup

Special Olympics Morocco and the International University of Rabat (UIR) find themselves among the strongest teams aligned in the sporting event of the summer by reaching the “Small Final” of the Unified Football World Cup, organized in Detroit in the United States, from July 31 to August 6, 2022.

The Unified Football World Cup brought together 22 teams from 21 countries. Following the draw, the Moroccan national team was placed in Group A, alongside the United States, Brazil, South Korea and Nigeria. Group B was made up of the following countries: Jamaica, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Romania and Singapore.

The Moroccan national team qualified for the semi-final following a good performance which enabled it to win against the United States team, by 3 goals to 0. During the semi-finals, unfortunately the national team of Morocco bowed to
its Jamaican counterpart, by the score of 0 to 1 on the evening of Thursday August 4th.

At the end of the small final, our young players lost against the Brazilian team by 1 goal to 0, thus occupying the fourth place of the tournament, while the final having opposed the selections of Jamaica and Paraguay saw Jamaica win the Unified Cup World Championship title.

It is with pride that we congratulate all the footballers of the Moroccan national team, as well as its staff, for their very honorable participation, finishing in fourth place in the unified world cup.

Our selection included 17 players aged 18 to 21, from Special Olympics Morocco: Mohamed Akhrikhir, Abdelhaq Aktiri, Bilal Bahnas, Sif-Eddine Masbaq, Mostafa-Yassin Rby, M’hammed El Boubsi, Salah Eddine Es Sadraoui, Yassir Herouch and Brahim Kartasse, and on the other hand, from the International University of Rabat: Ilias Didi Alaoui, Mohamed Ihab Draiss, Ali Fadile, Aymane Khechab, Youssef Lakssir, Yasser Louzane, Ahmedamine Mekkaoui and Ilyas Boutayb.

The national team of Morocco has been selected by Special Olympics MENA to represent the region during this major sporting event, with Saudi Arabia in the men’s category, as well as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in the category
feminine.

Morocco’s participation in the Unified Football World Cup is part of the “Unified Schools” program of Special Olympics. This international program aims to promote social inclusion and socio-emotional learning, through sport, in schools and universities, including the International University of Rabat.

Referred to as “Unified Champion Schools”, these schools and universities are committed to creating a more connected environment through inclusive sport and youth leadership development.

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