Tagnaout targeting WAFCON glory

Tagnaout targeting WAFCON glory
Fatima Tagnaout of Morocco celebrates after the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal game between Morocco and Botswana at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on 13 July 2022 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 17, 2022. 12:00

Fatima Tagnaout has set her sights on making more history by winning the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title after helping Morocco qualify for the World Cup for the first time.

The Atlas Lionesses booked their ticket to the showpiece event which will be held in Australia and New Zealand next year after beating Botswana 2-1 in the WAFCON quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Reynald Pedros’ side will now face defending champions Nigeria on Sunday evening for a place in the final and Tagnaout admits the experience of competing in the tournament on home soil is incomparable.

The 23-year-old winger was named woman of the match in the 1-0 victory against Senegal during the group stages and she was pivotal in the triumph over the Zebras last time out, having provided the assists for both goals.

‘It’s an indescribable feeling what I’m experiencing. I cannot say how I feel participating in this WAFCON and more so in my own country. It’s just beautiful,” she told CAF Online.

“I am very, very happy to be here. I am also happy for Morocco for the wonderful way it has organised the competition. I hope we will win the WAFCON.”

Commenting on her accolade against Senegal, Tagnaout said: “I would like to thank all my team-mates and the team for their combativeness and I want to thank the Moroccan people for their unwavering support. I dedicate this trophy to my whole family and the people who love me.”

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