Although Morocco earned themselves a World Cup slot when they edged Botswana 2-1 in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) on Wednesday, head coach Reynald Pedros insists his charges are not perfect.
The Atlas Lionesses scored through Mssoudy Sanaa and Yasmin Mrabet in the third and 59th minutes respectively.
Botswana’s goal was netted by Keitumetse Dithebe in the quarterfinal game that was played at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
It was the fourth consecutive win for the hosts at the ongoing WAFCON tournament having won all their three group stage games.
“We still have a lot of room to improve because we are not perfect,” Pedros said after the game as quoted by the CAF website.
“Now that we have achieved our goal to go to the World Cup, we are turning our focus on preparing for the semifinals in the best way that we can.”
“We gave something amazing to the fans today and we hope to do the same when they come out in the semifinals.”
“We are very ambitious and when we see this number of fans who are encouraging the players in the way that they did, it helps to motivate and inspire the team,” he added.
In the other quarterfinal game played on the same day, Zambia ejected Senegal 4-2 in the penalty shootouts following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Morocco, Zambia, Botswana, and Senegal were all playing in the quarterfinals of the Women’s greatest football showpiece on the African continent for the first time.
Morocco and Zambia reached the semifinals for the maiden time and in style, made it to the World Cup for the first time as well.
Cameroon will take on Nigeria while South Africa and Tunisia will also tussle it out in the other two quarterfinals on Thursday.
Two of the four teams in action on Thursday will join Morocco and Zambia in the WAFCON semifinals and in the World Cup to be held in New Zealand and Australia in 2023.