Morocco's Atlas Lions confirmed the continent's status as an emerging football power.
They topped their preliminary group, including England, Portugal and Poland and qualified for the second round of the World Cup in Mexico.
It was the first time that an African team had achieved this feat.
The Moroccan team were not unfamiliar to the Mexican fans.
16 years earlier, the Atlas Lions had given the global football fraternity a glimpse of what they were capable of.
To the surprise of the watching crowd, they took a shock lead against West Germany at the 1970 finals but lost 1-2.
Managed by Jose Faria, a Brazilian, Morocco had put together a team that is arguably the best in the country's football history.
Badou Zaki, their goalkeeper and captain was in excellent form and in Abdelmajid Lamriss, Khalifi, Mustafa El-Biyaz and Nourredine Bouyahiaoui, he had good defensive cover.
Mohammed Timoumi was their midfield pivot with Merry Krimau and Aziz Bouderbala as the striking duo.