Moroccan female footballer made new history Nouhaila Benzina became first footballer to participate in World Cup wearing hijab.
The report of the Guardian news agency, Morocco had to face the worst defeat of 0-6 by Germany in their opening match in the World Cup, but in this match, the skills of the defender Nohila were not tested.
However, in the match against South Korea in Adelaide, manager Renald Pedros decided to field the 25-year-old footballer and thus Nouhaila Benzina became the first female footballer in the world to wear a scarf and participate in a World Cup match.
FIFA allowed wearing a headscarf in matches on religious grounds in 2014, and in the match against South Korea, Nouhaila Benzina became first footballer to participate in World Cup wearing hijab wore a white headscarf.
By participating in this match, Nouhaila made official history and became the first female footballer to play a match wearing a senior women’s international tournament scarf.
FIFA had previously banned the wearing of headscarves during matches on health and safety grounds, but in 2014, ahead of the start of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, the law was changed to allow headscarves.
The victory against South Korea was crucial for the first-time Women’s World Cup Moroccan team and now they have hopes of reaching the qualifying round.
Morocco and Germany now have three points each in the group, while the Colombian team leads the group with six points thanks to two victories.
To reach the next stage, Morocco not only need a must-win win against Colombia, but they will also have to pray for Germany’s defeat by South Korea.