Nouhaila Benzina is the first player at the Women's World Cup to don a hijab

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Nouhaila Benzina, a Moroccan defender, is the first woman to don a hijab at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Australia.

The 25-year-old Benzina wore an Islamic headscarf during her tournament debut on Sunday when her team defeated South Korea 1-0.

Recall that in 2014, FIFA, the global regulating body of football, authorized the wearing of religious head coverings during matches.

This will enable female Muslim athletes who wear a hijab daily to also cover their heads during games.

Meanwhile, the following are a few things to know about Moroccan defenders:

  1. Benzina was born in Kenitra, Morocco, on May 11, 1998.
  2. She is a defender for ASFAR and the national team of Morocco.
  3. Benzina has represented Morocco at both the under-20 and senior levels.
  4. During the ongoing 2023 Women’s World Cup tournament in Australia, she made her first World Cup participation and Morocco’s first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance.
  5. Her marital status is ambiguous.