The story of the first match between Egypt and Morocco


Friday 28 January 2022

10:55 AM

The Egyptian national team will face its Moroccan counterpart, on Sunday evening, in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship, which is currently being held in Cameroon.

The confrontations between the two teams witnessed a clear superiority for Morocco. During the 27 matches, the Pharaohs team won only three matches, compared to 14 victories for Morocco, while the tie was settled as a result of 11.

The Pharaohs scored 14 goals against the Moroccan team during the previous confrontation between them, while they conceded 32 goals. Taha Ismail is the first to score against the Moroccan team in 1961 in the Arab Games.

Sports analyst and Al-Ahly star in the sixties, Taha, talked about his goal against Morocco, during the Arab Games in 1961.

Ismail confirmed, in exclusive statements to Laila Koura, that the majority in Egypt does not remember his goal against Morocco, because a long time has passed since his recording, stressing that the goal has been over 50 years.

He pointed out that he scored a goal against Egypt against Morocco in the meeting that ended in favor of the Pharaohs with a score of 2/3, in the final of the Arab Championship in 1961.

He explained that the Egyptian team withdrew from that match, due to an incorrect penalty kick against it, noting that the Pharaohs were ahead by 3 goals before the referee awarded a penalty kick in favor of Morocco.

He continued, recounting the latest incident: “We objected at the time to the referee’s decision and withdrew from the field, but the Moroccan team hit the ball in the empty goal, and the referee awarded the ball a goal for Morocco.”

He continued, “After we left the stadium, the referee decided to end the match in favor of Morocco, and thus we lost the title in favor of the owner of the land.”

The tournament was supposed to be held in Tunisia, but it apologized for Morocco’s hurry to save the tournament and host it on its soil in the city of Casablanca from August 24 to September 8, 1961.

The tournament attracted great interest from the highest levels in the Kingdom of Morocco, where King Hassan II chaired the tournament’s organizing committee.

Egypt participated under the name of the United Arab Republic, where it united with Syria at this time to take first place in the medal standings, and it is the first time that the host country loses the first place.

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