Morocco’s star, Sofaine Boufal, sparked outrage after failing to acknowledge Africa during a post-match interview following their historic victory over Spain.
On Tuesday, the Atlas Lions stunned the African continent by defeating Spain 3-0 in the round of 16 post-match penalties at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium.
Spain miraculously failed to score from its three penalty kicks as Moroccan goalkeeper Yaccine Bounou of Sevilla saved Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets’ attempts, while Pablo Sarabia hit the crossbar.
Instead, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Hakim Ziyech, and Achraf Hakimi successfully converted their spot kicks.
Morocco became the fourth African country in World Cup history to reach the quarter-finals.
Boufal told international media after their surprise victory over Spain that their victory was for the Arab world.
“Thanks to all the Moroccans all over the world for their support, to all Arab people, to all Muslim people. This win belongs to you.” ~ Sofiane Boufal was quoted.
The remarks were not received well, by supporters across Africa, raising issues over Morocco’s own identity.
On Wednesday, Sofiane Boufal apologized to Africans for forgetting to mention the African continent.
He went ahead and posted the apology to his Instagram page; “I apologize for not mentioning the whole African continent yesterday at the interview. Thank you for being there for us, I dedicate this win for you too. We are so proud to represent all our brothers from this continent”