By The Atlas Lions, Jun 29 2016 12:22AM
Morocco’s Kawkab Marrakech claimed a 2-1 win away to Libyan side Al Ahli Tripoli in Tunis’ Stade Chedli Zouiten on Tuesday night in a CAF Confederation Cup Group B clash.
The match in neutral Tunisia (Tripoli is still unfit to host major football matches due to continuing instability in Libya) saw Marrakech claim a 33rd minute lead through a penalty from Mohamed El Fakih.
Another penalty four minutes later, this time from the host team’s Mohamed Al Ghanodi, levelled the game at 1-1.
Yet Kawkab were able to take the victory thanks to Jeferson Luiz’s goal in the 64th minute, securing a 2-1 score line in favour of the Moroccan club.
They move clear at the top of Group B on six points, while A Ahli remain bottom with zero points. The group’s second match in this block of fixtures sees Etoile du Sahel face FUS Rabat in Sousse on Wednesday.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 28 2016 10:56PM
According to the reliably informed Ed Aarons of The Guardian, Sofiane Boufal’s representatives are set to meet with Premier League trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton this week as they consider their options for this summer transfer window.
Lille seem to accept the reality of the situation that they will end up selling the Moroccan international this summer, but are hoping for around €30m in total from any deal.
One of Boufal’s representatives, Yvan Le Mee, met with Barcelona recently to discuss the availability of his client.
At the moment, it is not believed that any side has submitted a formal offer for Boufal, but Southampton and Chelsea seem most eager to do so at the time of writing.
The Chelsea recruitment team are particular fans of the player and incoming manager Antonio Conte has already given the go-ahead to pursue him.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is said to be meeting with a host of French agents this week to discuss the futures of various players.
Claude Puel will be well aware of Sofiane Boufal’s talents if he is to be appointed as Southampton’s new boss, but he will also be aware of the player’s rather unfortunate attitude problems and that may weigh on his mind in the coming days.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 28 2016 3:45PM
Marwane Saadane joins Caykur Rizespor on a 3 year deal from FUS Rabat.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 28 2016 1:56AM
FORMER Stoke City match winner Oussama Assaidi looks set to call it quits in cash-rich Middle East football to return to Europe.
Assaidi showed glimpses of his potential during two loan spells with Stoke from Liverpool, with a combination of pace, skill and occasional screamer.
It was the Morocco international who proved decisive in a famous 3-2 win over Chelsea and he gave makeshift Fulham right-back Dan Burn an afternoon he could never forget.
But he fell behind Victor Moses in the pecking order in 2014/15 and broke away mid-season to sign for Al-Ahli in Dubai.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 28 2016 1:54AM
Moroccan international Abdelaziz Barrada will be joining UAE side Al-Nasr from Olympique de Marseille on a three-year deal, the club announced on Monday.
The Dubai-based club announced the transfer on their twitter account, revealing that the player will reach Dubai in the next 48 hours to sign the contract after undergoing medical examinations in Rome.
Al-Nasr finished fourth in the UAE Arabian Gulf League last season on 41 points.
The 27-year-old played with the Paris Saint-Germain FC’s reserves before making his La Liga debut with Getafe in 2011.
He first came to the UAE in 2013 when he signed a four-year contract with Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira Club.
However after just one season, Barrada moved to French side Olympique de Marseille.
The midfielder featured 28 times with the Moroccan national team, netting four goals.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 27 2016 2:30PM
Morocco international Mehdi Carcela signed for Benfica at the start of last season, but never managed to force his way into manager Rui Vitoria’s plans.
The 26-year-old managed just over 1300 minutes of football in all competitions, with 3 goals and 7 assists to his name.
Latest reports suggest Carcela could be packing his bags again soon, and could be heading to the Premier League, with Benfica probably hoping they can bring some more money in.
According to Belgian website Voetbal 24, the Belgian born midfielder is generating interest from PSV and Leicester. The player could be allowed to leave for €3m, after Benfica spent €2.5m on him at the start of last season.
Benfica would then make a profit on the player, despite the transfer not really working out for them.
Belgian clubs Anderlecht and Standard Liege are also interested in signing Carcela, but Leicester should be considered favourites if they’re genuinely interested in signing him. The lure of being Premier League champions, and the higher wages in England, would surely help Leicester.
Carcela is primarily a left winger, but can also play in the middle, and on the right side.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 25 2016 2:50PM
Premier League side Southampton have made an approach for Lille attacker Sofiane Boufal, according to L’Équipe.
The Saints have been following the player closely and have now formally enquired with Lille in order to be quoted a price.
For the moment they have yet to make an offer. Boufal’s agent recently claimed that he had held a meeting with Barcelona to discuss his client’s future.
Lille will sell for between €25m and €30m.
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 25 2016 2:44PM
AS Monaco are delighted to announce the signing of Youssef Aït Bennasser, 19.
After a solid first season at professional level with Nancy (33 appearances in Ligue 2), where he helped the club achieve promotion to Ligue 1, the young midfielder has committed to AS Monaco for the next five years.
Vadim Vasilyev, Vice-President & CEO of AS Monaco: “ Youssef had a standout season at Nancy and is one of the most promising talents in the French league in his position. He has arrived for the long term, and we have high hopes for him in the future.”
Youssef Aït Bennasser: ” The club management convinced me to join AS Monaco’s project. This is a new challenge for me. AS Monaco is a club of dreams, I’m honoured and proud to sign here."
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 24 2016 10:52PM
Oct. 3rd 2016
Gabon vs Morocco
Nov. 7th 2016
Morocco vs Cote d'Ivoire
Aug. 28th 2017
Morocco vs Mali
Sep. 2nd 2017
Mali vs Morocco
Oct. 2nd 2017
Morocco vs Gabon
Nov. 6th 2017
Cote d'Ivoire vs Morocco
By The Atlas Lions, Jun 24 2016 10:29PM
Herve Renard (Head Coach, Morocco)
The game will be played on the pitch and one must be effective. On the field is never like on paper. I am very happy for Cote d’Ivoire and lucky with Mali and Gabon. The most important thing is to be part and play for a qualification in the World Cup. All the groups are tough. You can have the feeling of being in a good position but we must always be careful and be strong when necessary.
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