With the slogan "Khawwah Khawwah" .. Why does the Algerian team have the sympathy of Moroccans? | Politics and Economy -

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Many Moroccans, both in the stands of June 30 and in Cairo, or behind television screens in cafes and houses, have united the Algerian side, who qualified for the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations after beating Guinea. Group III.

The cameras captured many scenes and images of Moroccan fans at the 2019 African Nations Cup finals, celebrating the Algerian national team's goals at the finals. Some of them raised the slogan of "Khawwah Khawah", a slogan that has been used since the start of the tournament. The final, especially that the program, after qualifying for the role of the price of the final, allowed the possibility of this final confrontation, but the exclusion of Morocco to Benin, the dream of the final again.

A picture was taken in a Moroccan city, showing Moroccan fans watching a match for the Algerian national team and above the cafe, a banner reading, "I am Moroccan, so I am an Algerian."

The Algerians have also encouraged the Moroccan team in many forums, including the participation of the Atlas Lions in the 2018 World Cup, in the absence of the participation of "desert warriors" in the finals. "We, as Algerians, hope that our second country will qualify for Morocco and compensate for our absence and we will be with him with heart and soul and we will encourage him," he said.

Algerian team "attractive" football

The "Desert Warriors" won the admiration of the athletes following their performance in the African finals. The team has so far scored nine goals and has not received a goal. It also surpasses Senegal, one of the classic candidates for the African title. The Algerian team is distinguished by its collective play, its players' skills and skills, and the strict tactics of coach Gamal Belmadi.

And the Moroccans found their place in this team, as the Atlas Lions lacked the code to disband the defensive teams, which emerged in the matches of Namibia and Benin, as the local media reported problems within the camp during the preparatory games, as well as the lack of a number of stars to their level, most notably Hakim Ziash who lost A crucial penalty for Benin, was almost absent throughout the tournament. While on the other side, star starred Riad Mehrez in the finals and scored two goals now, as well as the winner of the award for the best player in the match against Guinea.

Algerian coach Gamal Belmadi received special acclaim. He was a former player and brought training experiences from Qatar, before returning to the team as the coach became increasingly oblivious to the messy phase of the coaches following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On the other hand, several media reports have raised doubts about the future of French coach Herve Ronard with the Moroccan team, especially as the latter's performance in the Alcan was the worst in all the final official games played by Rönard since he took over as coach of Badou Zaki.

Links deepen empathy

In addition to the sporting reasons, many Moroccans and Algerians are encouraging the candidates to overcome the ongoing political differences between the two countries since their independence from France and renew the claim to open the land border closed since 1994, so that the visits between the two peoples will return to their previous era, On the border.

A number of activists are taking advantage of this football event to create initiatives that show that they do not agree on how the two countries will manage their political differences. Others will talk about the political issue and focus on what is common.

In addition to traditional ties such as religion and geography and their unification against French colonialism, the two peoples share many ties. The two general dialects are much closer together, especially in the eastern regions of Morocco and Western Algeria. The Amazigh language is also widespread in both countries. There are other cultural links, including the spread of rai songs in both countries, and the visitor finds a similarity in customs as the preparation of some types of food and many of the ceremonial manifestations, as well as historical symbols lived between the two countries.

Author: Ismail Azzam

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