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Under the scorching summer sun in Rabat, coach Ichtar Zahraoui bellows directions to "The Pirates," young Moroccan men and women learning to play American football together on the gridiron. Focused and sweaty, 30 players gather every Sunday to practice the sport, an unusual scene in a country obsessed with football.The breathless – and self-taught – coach has dreams of setting up the kingdom's "first real American football team".To do so, she needs the support of an "American coach and a large NFL club," she says, referring to the National Football League in the United States with which she has had "interesting contacts". Two years later, the men's national team won an inaugural African championship.For now, the Pirates prefer to play flag football, a watered-down, low-contact version of the sport that requires little equipment.The lighter touch has helped draw in participants from other sports such as basketball and judo who otherwise may not have joined.
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