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By The Atlas Lions, May 29 2019 04:23PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Zakaria Hadraf has left Morocco’s Raja of Casablanca football club (RCA) to join Damac football club in Saudi Arabia.


The Saudi football club announced the signing of the footballer on its official Twitter account on May 28.


In the tweet, the Saudi club welcomed the striker to the team. The 29-year old footballer has played for several Moroccan clubs, including Difaa El Jadida.


The footballer, who signed a one year contract with the Saudi club, also contributed to Morocco’s win during the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018).


Hadraf’s contract with the Saudi club is renewable.


Hadraf is one of a wave of Moroccan professional footballers who have joined Saudi football clubs, including Nordin Amrabat and Abderrazak Hamdallah who joined Al Nasser.

By The Atlas Lions, May 27 2019 12:24PM

Here is the selection:


1-EL KAJOUI MONIR - CD NUMENCIA - ESP

2-BOUNOU YASSINE - GIRONA FC – ESP

3-TAGNAOUTI AHMED REDA - WAC – MAR

4-MHAMDI ABDELALI - RSB- MAR


5-DA COSTA MANUEL MAROUANE - AL ITTIHAD – KSA

6-SAISS GHANEM ROMAIN - WOLVERHAMPTON - ENG

7-YUNIS ABDELHAMID - STADE DE REIMS - FRA

8-EL MOUTTAQUI MEHDI (BENATIA) - AL DUHAIL- QAT

9-HAKIMI ACHRAF - BORUSSIA DORTMUND- GER


10-EL AHMADI ARROUSSI KARIM - AL ITTIHAD – KSA

11-AIT BENNASSER YOUSSEF - SAINT ETIENNE - FRA

12-BOURABIA MEHDI - SASSUOLO- ITA

13-BOUSSOUFA M’BARK - AL SHABAB - KSA

14-BELHANDA YOUNES - GALATASARAY - TUR

15-FAJR FAYÇAL - CAEN - FRA

16-AMRABET NOUREDDINE - AL NASSR - KSA

17-ZIYACH HAKIM - AJAX AMSTERDAM – NED

18-MAZRAOUI NOUSSAIR - AJAX AMSTERDAM – NED


19-EN-NESYRI YOUSSEF - CD LEGANES - ESP

20-BOUFAL SOUFIANE - CELTA VIGO - ESP

21-DIRAR NABIL - FENERBAHCE – TUR

22-HAMDALLAH ABDERRAZZAK - AL NASSR - KSA

23-BOUTAIB KHALID - ZAMALEK- EGY

24-BAADI ABDELKRIM - HUSA - MAR

25-HARIT AMINE - SCHALKE 04 – GER

26-IDRISSI OUSSAMA - AZ ALKMAAR - NED

27-EL KAABI AYOUB - HEBIE CHINA FORTUNE- CHINA.


Final list of 23 players will be revealed on June 11th.

By The Atlas Lions, May 26 2019 03:28PM

(BBC Sport) Former Morocco international Marouane Chamakh has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 35 after not playing for almost two-and-a-half years.


The former Arsenal, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Bordeaux striker had been without a club since he left Cardiff in 2016.


His last league match was against Brighton in a goalless draw in the English Championship on 3 December that same year.


"Today I can say that I really retired from football," Chamakh told beIN Sports.


Born in France, Chamakh spent eight years with Bordeaux scoring 56 goals in 230 league appearances, and won one Ligue 1 title and two French League Cups.


He moved to Arsenal in 2010 and went on to make 40 Premier League appearances in three seasons, netting eight goals.


Chamakh went on to play for West Ham, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City.


At international level, Chamakh represented France's Under-19s before switching allegiance to Morocco in 2003.


He made his debut for the Atlas Lions against Sierra Leone in Casablanca in June 2003 and went on to make 65 appearances, scoring 18 goals.


Chamakh helped Morocco finish as runners-up at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations and featured at the next two Nations Cup finals.

By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2019 07:54PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Soufiane Boufal, who plays with Spanish club Celta Vigo, has been crowned best dribbler in Spain’s La Liga football league for the 2018/2019 season, outperforming Lionel Messi.


With 144 successful dribbles, Celta de Vigo’s Boufal is ahead of Messi (133) and Eibar’s Fabian Orellana (81).


Although Boufal made the most dribbles this year, he only scored three goals and made three assists.


The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris, joined the Celta de Vigo football club in western Spain, on a loan from English club Southampton.


According to a report from Spanish media outlet Faro de Vigo, Celta Vigo is willing to permanently sign Boufal and will have to negotiate a fee of €15 million, as the club agreed with Southampton last summer.


Celta de Vigo is currently in 17th place out of 20 teams in La Liga’s standings.


Boufal made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2019 07:10PM

By Morocco World News


The friendly games are in preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which will take place in June.


Rabat – Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced that the Atlas Lions will play two friendly games with Zambia and Gambia, before the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).


The games are in preparation for the African competition, which will take place in June in Egypt.


Morocco’s national football team will play the first friendly game against the Gambia on Wednesday, June 12 at the Grand stadium in Marrakech at 5:30 p.m. local time.


The second friendly game against Zambia will also take place on June 16 in Marrakech at 5:30 local time.


FRMF said that the national team will begin training sessions in the national center for football in Sale, Rabat’s twin city starting June 2.


FRMF added that the Atlas Lions will head to Egypt on June 18 to participate in the African tournament, which will start on June 21.


The Moroccan team qualified for the 2019 tournament after a spectacular performance during the qualifier games.



Several football experts are predicting the Atlas Lions to win this year’s title.


In April, Senegalese football legend El Hadji Diouf expressed hope that Senegal would win the tournament, but acknowledged the presence of strong teams, such as Morocco.


“I hope they win the title as there are many other good teams -Egypt will be at the forefront with Morocco and Nigeria.”


The head coach of the Nigerian football team, Gernot Rohr, also placed Morocco among his favorites to win along with Egypt.


The most recent statement came from the manager of Cameroonian football team, Clarence Seedorf, who said that Morocco are one of the favorites to win the CAN otherwise known as AFCON.


“Ending up with the same points as Morocco, who are one of the favorites to win the AFCON, with only two goals difference says a lot about how we performed and prepared for the other games.”

By The Atlas Lions, May 22 2019 09:54PM

(Lusaka Times) Chipolopolo has secured two high profile friendly matches for this June.


Zambia will play both dates away against Morocco and defending AFCON champions Cameroon in the two side’s pre-tournament preparations.


FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the friendly’s will be played during a week-long camp at the invitation of Morocco.


“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation will host the Chipolopolo boys from June 6 – 17 and stage an international friendly match on June 16 against the Herve Renard drilled side,” Kashala said.


“During the same camp, Zambia will face Cameroon on June 9, 2019 in Madrid with another international friendly match against Gambia on the cards set for June 12, 2019.”


The development will see Zambia’s A side assembled for the trip while the home-based team will be away in South Africa to participate in the COSAFA Cup Durban is hosting from May 25 to June 8.


However,FAZ has yet to disclose who will be in charge of the friendly trip with interim coach Aggrey Chiyangi already overseeing COSAFA Cup camp over the last fortnight.

By The Atlas Lions, May 22 2019 01:50AM

By Sport Witness Team - 21st May 2019


Sofiane Boufal has said his goodbyes to Celta Vigo after an interesting time with the club.


The Southampton owned player topped the dribbling statistics for much of the season, but end product didn’t often live up to what had happened before it.


He’s certainly been entertaining to watch for Celta fans, if at times frustrating, and now there’s a confusion of whether a stay is remotely possible.


Faro de Vigo report Boufal is still considered a ‘very interesting’ player for Celta in this transfer market, but he’s only a second option. Even then, the Spanish club wouldn’t be looking to pay the €15m option they agreed with Southampton last summer.


El Desmarque sound even more negative, explaining the fee and the player’s wages are ‘far from the possibilities’ of Celta’s finances right now.


They believe Ralph Hasenhüttl will take a serious look at the player in Southampton’s preseason training, and therefore a stay at the Saints isn’t ruled out.

By The Atlas Lions, May 21 2019 07:40PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – The manager of Cameroonian football team, Clarence Seedorf, added himself to the list of renowned football experts who believe that the Moroccan national football team can win the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) title.


In an interview with FIFA, the former footballer said that Morocco are one of the favorites to win the CAN otherwise known as AFCON.


Speaking about his team’s performance during the competition’s qualifier matches, Sedroof said that “Ending up with the same points as Morocco, who are one of the favourites to win the AFCON, with only two goals difference says a lot about how we performed and prepared for the other games.”


Several other renowned footballers and coaches have also said that the Moroccan national football team is one of their favorites to win the 2019 CAN.


In April, Senegalese football legend El Hadji Diouf said: “I hope they win the title as there are many other good teams -Egypt will be at the forefront with Morocco and Nigeria.”


The head coach of the Nigerian football team, Gernot Rohr, t placed Morocco is among his favorites to win along with Egypt.


“According to the last FIFA ranking, Morocco is currently the best in Africa, while Egypt will play at home and enjoy the support of their fans, and for this reason, both teams are the closest to the title,” he said.


The flagship tournament will be held in June 2019 in Egypt.


Head coach of Moroccan national football team Herve Renard has expressed confidence on his team for CAN.


“To win, you must stay focused and prepare for the competition to the fullest of your potential,” said Renard.

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