Morocco hire ex-Spain women’s coach Vilda

Spain’s World Cup winning coach Jorge Vilda has been appointed as the new manager of Morocco’s women’s national team.

Vilda, 42, was dismissed by Spain last month as part of the fallout to ousted Spanish Football Federation [RFEF] president Luis Rubiales’ unsolicited kiss on forward Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup final.

Morocco confirmed the appointment of Vilda in a short statement on Thursday and he is expected to be officially presented this weekend.

His first games in charge will be later in October when the Atlas Lionesses face Namibia over two legs in the second round of the CAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament.

Vilda replaces Reynald Pedros, who had been in charge since 2021 and oversaw Morocco’s best-ever finish at a World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in the summer.

After progressing from a group which included Germany, Colombia and South Korea, they were beaten 4-0 by France in the round of 16.

Vilda, meanwhile, was in charge of Spain as they went all the way to the final and beat England 1-0 to win the competition for the first-ever time.

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