Rabat – The squad of Raja Casablanca footballers arrived on October 2 to the Palestinian territories, ahead of the Moroccan club’s match against the Palestinian team Hilal Al-Quds.
Four Rajawi players were initially denied visas by Israeli authorities, causing the team to postpone their arrival in Jerusalem. The issue was quickly resolved and the match will continue as scheduled.
The match is part of the 2019-20 Arab Club Champions Cup, officially named the Mohammed VI Champions Cup in honor of Morocco’s Sovereign.
The Moroccan team will play Hilal Al-Quds this evening at 17:00 local time. Today’s match is part of the second leg of the championship’s first round.
The two teams first faced off on September 23 in Casablanca’s Mohammed V stadium during the first leg of the championship.
During this match, Raja fans proudly displayed their support for the Palestinian cause with flags, banners, songs, and chants. The Palestinian players received this warm welcome with gratitude, and even Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas expressed his appreciation for the Moroccan fans’ solidarity.
Hilal Al-Quds is currently 10th in the West Bank Premier League, while Raja stands at 12th in the Botola league.
With more than five million fans on social media, Raja is the most popular club in Morocco. Raja’s main rival, Wydad Athletic Club, has only 1.8 million supporters on social networks. A study by the Italian sports marketing company Iquii Sport found that Raja is the 21st most popular club worldwide.
The final match of the Mohammed VI Champions Cup will take place on April 18, 2020 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.