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Morocco World Cup win cheered across Africa, as continent gets its first semifinals spot

By Claire Parker

10 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Morocco has become the first team from Africa to reach a World Cup semi-final. The Washington Post describes how the North African country's achievement was celebrated around the world.

When the whistle blew at the end of Morocco's match against Portugal in Doha on Saturday, marking the North African country's victory, cheers resounded across the African continent. The 1-0 win gave Morocco a coveted spot in the World Cup semifinals - the first time a team from Africa has ever reached that stage of the tournament.

"Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" Kwabena Yeboah, a Ghanaian sports commentator with Ghana's public broadcaster, GTV, shouted on live television as he high-fived his panelists, unable to contain his joy.

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