Moroccan supporters at the rendezvous to welcome their national heroes.

The Atlas Lions returned to Morocco on Tuesday, December 20, cheered by hundreds of thousands of fans in the capital Rabat, after an incredible epic that led them to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.

An unprecedented feat for an African or Arab team.      

A dense, joyful crowd of all ages and backgrounds gathered at the end of the afternoon along the route taken by the red double-decker bus where Walid Regragui's men were perched, from the airport to the avenues from the center of the Moroccan capital.

"I came to celebrate the beautiful history of Morocco in the World Cup, and even if some decisions of the referees were not fair," said AFP Adam Najah, 27, a restaurant waiter who came expressly from Meknes. , more than 150 km from Rabat, to "live this historic day".

SIIRRR, shouted the Moroccan crowd in #rabat as the #lionsdelatlas passed by, heading for the Royal Palace where they will be received with their mothers by the King #MohammedVI. #Mondial2022

— atlasinfo (@atlasinfo) December 20, 2022

"I'm proud of the national team. Who knows? Maybe we'll win the cup next time," he hopes.

Waiting for hours, many supporters wore the flag and scarlet jerseys of the Cherifian kingdom.

In front of the station, they cracked smoke bombs amid the clamor, according to AFP journalists.   

The entire team, which made all of Morocco dream and beyond its borders, was to be received in the evening by King Mohammed VI for "a ceremony of welcome and celebration in recognition of his historic achievement".

With AFP

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