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By The Atlas Lions, Jun 11 2019 01:25PM

Here's the squad list:


Goalkeepers:


Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Casablanca)


Defenders:


Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Reims), Medhi Benatia (Al Duhail, captain), Manuel da Costa (Al Ittihad), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)


Midfielders:


Youssef Ait Bennasser (St Etienne), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Shabab), Karim El Ahmadi (Al Ittihad), Faycal Fajr (Caen), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam)


Forwards:


Nordin Amrabat (Al Nasr), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo), Khalid Boutaib (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nasr), Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar).

By The Atlas Lions, Jun 8 2019 02:07PM

(Reuters) - Spain and Portugal are to start an in-depth analysis of whether to bid for the 2030 World Cup, they said on Saturday, without making any mention of Morocco who were previously also said to be involved.


“After holding several meetings, the football federations of Spain and Portugal can confirm that they are set to begin an in-depth analysis of the possibility of presenting a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup,” the country’s federations said in a joint statement.


“Both federations would like to take this opportunity to state that the governments of both countries have been properly informed about this process, given that they will have a key part to play in its development.”


Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a visit to Morocco last year that he had suggested a three-way bid with the North African nation to stage the 48-team event.


The three federations could not immediately be reached for further comment.


Spain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament which was awarded to Russia.


Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship.


Morocco has made five failed bids to host the tournament, most recently for 2026 which was awarded to United States, Mexico and Canada.


Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have announced they will make a four-way bid which could have sentimental value as Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.


England is carrying out a feasibility study along with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales while Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania are also planning a joint bid.

By The Atlas Lions, Jun 7 2019 01:48PM

Herve Renard will be out on mission to cement his legacy in African Football with a third AFCON trophy to his resume and this time he wants to do it with Morocco.


The French born coach boasts of a bag full of experience having led Zambia and the Côte d’Ivoiré to glory in 2012 and 2015 respectively.


Morocco have made 17 appearances at the AFCON. Their first and only title came at the tenth edition hosted by Ethiopia in 1976. At this time the tournament was held in group format with only 8 teams participating. The first stage was split in two groups with the top two teams qualifying to the final group of four. In the second phase, Morocco came out top after a 1-1 draw with runners up Guinea. Nigeria and Egypt occupied the third and fourth spot respectively.


The Atlas Lions will be hoping to replicate the victory in 1976 by navigating through a tournament that has seen a shift from 16 teams to 24, the highest in the competition’s history.


It’s been a while since Morocco tasted African glory. Only thing that is as near as good was a brace of Chan trophies in 2014 and 2018.


Coach Renard will heavily count on Dutch-based duo, Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mezraoui both with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund left back Achraf Hakim and the experience Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia.


Morocco is drawn alongside Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia in Group D.



Full Squad


Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Malaga, Spain), Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (Wydad Athletic Club), Abdelali Mhamdi (RS Berkane, Morocco)


Defenders: Marouane Da Costa (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Ghanem Saiss (Wolverhampton, England), Mehdi Benatia (Al-Duhail Sports, Qatar), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund, Germany), Abdelhamid Yunis (Stade de Reims, France), Noussair Mazroaui (Ajax, Netherlands), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbache, Turkey.


Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi Arroussi (Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Youssef Aït Bennasser (St Etienne, France), M’barek Boussoufa (Al-Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray, Turkey), Fayçal Fajr (Caen, France), Abdelkrim Baadi (Hassania of Agadir, Morocco, Mehdi Bourabia (Sassuolo, Italy), Amine Harit (Schalke 04, Germany)


Forwards: Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ayoub El Kaâbi (Hebei China Fortune FC, China), Khalid Boutaïb (Zamalek, Egypt), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes , Spain), Soufiane Boufal (Celta Vigo, Spain), Osama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Abderazzak Hamddalh (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia).


http://www.soka25east.com/afcon-2019-contenders-morocco-out-to-break-a-43-year-old-duck/

By The Atlas Lions, Jun 5 2019 02:21PM

(Xinhua) -- Casablanca's Al-Wydad (WAC) have won the Moroccan football championship, beating Tuesday night Khouribga 4-1 at home.


WAC who needed only a single victory to be champions, won the Moroccan title for the 20th time.


WAC strengthened their lead by 58 points from 17 wins, seven draws and five defeats.


They are six points ahead of their nearest rivals Raja Casablanca, who were beaten 3-0 away to Tetouan and are a further 13 points from third-placed Olympique Safi.


WAC won five titles before the founding of the Royal Moroccan Football Association (1948-1949-1950-1951-1955) and 15 after (1957-1966-1969-1976-1977-1978-1986-1990-1991-1993-2006-2010-2015-2017-2019).

By The Atlas Lions, Jun 2 2019 01:08PM

(Xinhua) -- Morocco's Football Association (FRMF) will take the case of the CAF Champions League final between Esperance Tunis (Tunisia) and Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), head of the association, Fouzi Lekjaa, announced Saturday in Rabat.


Speaking at a press briefing at the end of a meeting of the FRMF board, Lekjaa recalled that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called an Emergency Executive Committee to discuss the regulatory solutions regarding the controversial incidents that took place during the second leg of the final of the CAF Champions League 2018/2019.


During the match played in Tunisia on Friday, Esperance was leading 1-0 after 60 minutes and 2-1 on aggregate when the match was halted as Wydad refused to continue playing because VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.


The CAF President Ahmad Ahmad who attended the final spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted.


After a 90-minute delay Esperance was declared winner of the CAF Champions League.


Wydad believed that they were the victim of VAR in the first leg of the final in Morocco last weekend, as Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha ruled out a goal by them and was subsequently banned for six months by CAF referee commission which judged his performance was "poor".


"We will not hesitate to make all the appropriate decisions in time for the fairness of the Wydad Casablanca team," Fouzi Lekjaa said.


"It has been shown to the world that Wydad has been subjected twice to a deal that has nothing to do with football and its spirit."

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 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.

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