Moroccan captain Romain Saiss has said he will “give everything” to be fit enough to aid his team in pursuing their amazing World Cup dream but said he would not risk his team’s chances of making it to the final in jeopardy.
The 32-year-old defender was taken off after just 57 minutes into Morocco’s quarter-final win over Portugal at the weekend when his team prevailed 1-1 to become the first African nation, and the first Arab nation to reach the final four of a world final. They will play the world champions France at Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday.
Saiss Saiss, who plays his trade with Turkey’s Besiktas Saiss, who plays for Turkey’s Besiktas, was injured in the tournament and wasn’t certain to take on Portugal. Morocco was already without his main defensive partner, Nayef Aguerd, through injuries sustained during the penalty shootout in the last 16 games against Spain.
Saiss was asked on Saturday if could be fit enough for the semi-finals, Saiss said: “I will give it a shot, but I do not know. We’ll find out tomorrow. we’ll do some tests to determine what type of injury I’ve got. However, I’ll do my best to get on the field. I’m hoping that it’ll be okay.
“After that If I believe it’s too hard, I’ll not risk putting my team in danger in order to play in the semi-final. However, I’ll give all I can to get there, just as I did to stay here for 55 minutes today.”
Concerning how the entire squad is contributing to Morocco’s success and success of Morocco, he stated: “It just shows the spirit and character of the team. Everyone is prepared to play, it is not a matter of whether they are playing for a few minutes or even if they play every game.
“Everyone is committed and eager to participate. This is how you can go far during the tournament.”
Saiss However, he has been a crucial part of Saiss has been a key part of a Morocco defense which has only conceded once in Qatar and it came by way of a bizarre own goal by Aguerd Saiss, in the 2-1 win in group stage against Canada.
Walid Regragui’s team was the first team from their nation in over a quarter of a century to make it to their first World Cup knockouts, finished at the top of their group beating Belgium and then becoming the top-ranked team in the world and also drawing with 2018 runners-up Croatia.
“We are very satisfied and really happy, and really proud of it,” Saiss said. “Because it’s wonderful for all of the nation, and for all of Africa and we’re truly, really satisfied.
“We are aware that every game is extremely difficult because we’re up against only the best players in the World Cup, so it’s even more challenging after you take home the trophy. We’re very happy for ourselves as well as our families and for our fans.”
In regards to whether Morocco ever imagined getting to this point into Qatar, Saiss said: “We had an idea, yes. The dreaming process is free. So we can dream. However, the way the process is an entirely different experience. We invest a lot of effort into every match – mentally and physically it’s tough, but in the end, it’s all so enjoyable.
“I believe we’ve created history. We want to keep creating history. We’ll see. It’s vital to recuperate properly and prepare for your semi-final.”