Monday Jul 18, 2022. 15:00
Morocco head coach Reynald Pedros acknowledges they will have to bring their A-game to best Nigeria in the 2022 Women’s Africa of Nations semi-finals on Monday evening.
The WAFCON hosts booked a date with the defending champions after beating Botswana 2-1 in the quarter-finals, which saw them qualify for the World Cup for the first time.
The Atlas Lionesses are looking to make history once more by reaching their maiden final, having never made it beyond the group stages of the tournament in two previous attempts.
Pedros is aware of the tough task facing his team at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, but says they are well prepared for the clash against the more fancied Super Falcons.
“We are preparing the same way that we have been preparing for the other matches. We are doing our best. After the quarter-final, we are well-rested and trying to remain focused on our next objective,” the French tactician was quoted as saying by CAF Online.
“We have qualified for the World Cup and now our next target is to make it to the final and win the WAFCON 2022.
“Nigeria is truly a strong team – the strongest in Africa. They always qualify for the World Cup. We have studied them and know their strength and I can say that in the semi-final, everything is possible. We need to do our best.
“We know that they are strong. They are the strongest for many years. We know this, however, we are going to do our best in this game. We know who we are facing. It is up to us.”