Ibtissam Jraidi: Serial scorer and ASFAR's centerpiece

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Ibtissam Jraidi is one of the most experienced players in Morocco’s ASFAR. The striker has won almost everything with her club, which will take part in the 2021 CAF TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League final tournament in a few weeks.

Born on December 9, 1992, in Casablanca, Ibtissam Jraidi started her footballing adventure very early. “My relationship with football began at the age of seven through the neighborhood teams, like all players in this sporting category. After that, I participated in the school tournament and played for the Nassim Sidi Moumen team before joining the Royal Army team,” she told CAFOnline.com.

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In a country where football is king, women have often found it difficult to enjoy their passion. But the striker has seen her career simpler thanks to a supportive and tolerant entourage of her choice to become a football player.

“Frankly, I found enough support from my family. They supported me and didn't oppose the idea of ​​me playing football, especially since it was my passion since childhood."

One more reason to succeed ... since with the blessings of her own, she won almost everything. The story is worthy of a fairy tale.

"My journey with ASFAR is rich in titles because we are the most successful club and we form the core of the team," she said.

"We have won the championship 8 times (Editor's note: 2013-2014-2016-2017-2018-2019-2020-2021) and the Throne Cup 7 times (note: 2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018 -2019) and we are preparing another final. We also won the title of the Morocco-United Arab Emirates Friendship Cup”.

My main concern is football, especially since I play for a professional club that offers all the conditions for practice. Ibtissam Jraidi

Ibtissam has finished top scorer in the championship on 3 occasions, most recently in 2020 and 2021. She also won the title of best player in the League in 2016.

ASFAR is the most successful team in Moroccan women's football. In Egypt, they will have to ensure and live up to the status of favorite reinforced by the victory in the UNAF qualifiers ahead of Tunisia’s Banque de l'Habitat and Algeria’s Afak Relizane.

The Militaries, as the ladies of ASFAR are known, will play in Group B of the competition alongside Vihiga Queens of Kenya, Mamelodi Sundwowns of South Africa and Rivers Angels of Nigeria.

At 28, Ibtissam knows what is at stake in participating in such an event. “I look forward to participating in the continental competition, especially since this is the first edition and will see the participation of the strongest teams on the African scene. "

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This first edition marks the start of a new era for African women’s football in general. Member Associations take this as an opportunity to promote their female talents, not only through national teams, but now with their clubs.

"Women's football is in continuous development, and we will use all our efforts to sign a participation worthy of the value of our team in particular and of Moroccan women's football in general," says the top scorer in the zonal qualifiers who scored six goals in two qualifying matches.

Morocco has a great history of women's football that the Kingdom intends to improve. By hiring a fine technician of women's football, in the person of the French Reynald Pedros, the Atlas Lionesses aim to make a real place for themselves on the continental scene and play much more than the spoilsports during of the TotalEnergies Women's Africa Cup of Nations scheduled next year in their territory.

But before that, a first exciting challenge awaits Morocco, nearly half of its representative's workforce in the Women's Champions League, playing in the national team.

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Her club and national team experience are a real asset and when you ask her what she does outside of football, Ibtissam is a prime example of those people whose passion has completely rubbed off on their daily lives. She breathes and thinks only of football.

“Frankly, my main concern is football, especially since I play for a professional club that offers all the conditions for practice. All my concentration is on the game with which I have a special relationship. "

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Her special relationship with football and the playing conditions offered by the ASFAR club logically lead her to hope for even more.

“There is no doubt that the sign of a balanced presence and a distinguished offering as well as the pursuit of titles and trophies remain the common denominator among all players,” she said about her ambitions.

In any case, Ibtissam will be one of the nuggets to watch closely during the next TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League. The opposing defenses will only have to be careful ...