After winning the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Spain, followed by his sack amidst scandals linked with the former Spanish Football Association (FA) President, Luis Rubiales, Jorge Vilda has been appointed as the new coach of the Moroccan senior women’s national team.
Morocco confirmed his appointment on Thursday confirming the dismissal of the two-time UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) coach with Lyon, Reynald Pedros.
Pedros guided the team to the final of the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) where the North African side reached the final, losing 2-1 to South Africa.
That was the first time a women’s side from North Africa would reach the WAFCON final.
Reaching the final equates to qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, another outstanding feat being the first North African and Arab women’s football team to do so.
At the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pedros guided the team to the Round of 16 at their maiden World Cup appearance.
Vilda amidst player’s revolt won the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Spain’s third appearance at the tournament.
About 15 first-team players had revolted on the eve of the World Cup wanting the coach to be sacked before accepting an invitation to the squad.
Alas, the FA President, Luis Rubiales supported the coach and the result came with the world title without the 15 players.
Things got worse during the medal presentation as Rubiales kissed former Barcelona forward, Jennifer Hermoso on her lips springing up charges of sexual assault and non-consent in the act of kissing the player.
Rubiales was suspended by FIFA and the Federation leading to a wide range of changes and revolutions including the sack of Vilda as one of the right hand men of Rubiales.
It was reported that former FC Barcelona coach, Lluis Cortes was interested in the Moroccan job but backed down after hearing that Vilda would be in charge of the age-grade teams as the Technical Director.
The appointment of Vilda as Morocco’s coach showed how desperate the Federation is to win the next WAFCON on home soil.
It is left to be seen if Vilda can replicate his feat in Spain with the Moroccan side devoid of any controversy.
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