By The Atlas Lions, May 27 2016 5:06PM
(theAtlasLions.com) Hakim Ziyech from Dutch club Twente displayed his set-piece prowess in each half as Morocco triumphed 2-0 against Congo Brazzaville in Tangier.
The midfielder slammed a long-range free-kick past slow-reacting Christoffer Mafoumbi and beat the Bulgaria-based goalkeeper again from the penalty spot.
83' Yacine Bammou comes in for Hakim Ziyech
75' Mehdi Carcela comes in for Nordin Amrabat
68' Ghanem Saiss is replaced by Marouane Da Cosa
54' Hakim Ziyech scores a panenka from penalty spot Morocco's second in this match. See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1156693971019733/
Second half subs:
Khalid Boutayeb comes in for Youssef El Arabi and Faycal Fajr comes in for Mounir Obbadi
Mbark Boussoufa comes in for Omar El Kaddouri
45+1' Nordin Amrabat hits the post
3' Hakim Ziyech opens the scoring for Morocco from a neat free-kick
Teams: Morocco vs Congo
Kick off: 18h00 GMT, 20h00 CET, 14h00 EDT
Morocco Line up:
Yassine El Kharroubi-Mehdi Benatia (C)-Achraf Laazar-Nabil Dirar-Ghanim Saiss-Karim El Ahmadi- Mounir Obbadi-Omar El Kaddouri-Hakim Ziyech-Nourdin Amrabat-Youssef El Arabi
Coach: Herve Renard
Live streaming video: http://www.yalla-shoot.com/live/8736/morocco-vs-congo.html
By The Atlas Lions, May 27 2016 4:19PM
Currently on international duty with Morocco, we caught up with Nabil Dirar by phone, to get his reaction to being voted AS Monaco’s Player of the Season in the online poll. An opportunity for the winger to remind us of his love of the shirt and his gratitude to the fans.
"It’s a wonderful surprise. A huge thank you to the fans for voting for me. It’s nice, although I really owe it to my teammates on the pitch. I’ve always given everything for the shirt, and that’s what I’ve done again this year. I’ve been at the club for a few seasons (ed: since January 2012), I’ve seen it all: Ligue 2, promotion and of course the Champions League… And I hope we’ll see it again next season. Once again, a big thank you to the fans!"
The Moroccan international was a clear winner in the poll with 75% of the votes, succeeding James Rodriguez (Player of the Year 2013-2014) and Aymen Abdennour (Player of the Year 2014-2015).
Nabil Dirar and the Atlas Lions face Congo in a friendly on 27 May. Then, on 3 June, they take on Libya in qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations 2017.
By The Atlas Lions, May 25 2016 4:52PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Last season 2015/16 Hakim Ziyech had the best stats in the Dutch Eredivisie with most shots on target (72), most chances created (95), most dribbles completed (92), most goals from free-kicks (3), most completed corners into box (51).
Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a move to German giants Borussia Dortmund.
By The Atlas Lions, May 25 2016 4:21PM
Morocco vs Congo: Zouhair Feddal out injured, he is replaced by Adil Rhaili (FC Milsami Orhei - Moldova)
By The Atlas Lions, May 24 2016 6:38PM
CAF Confederation Cup: FUS Rabat and Kawkab Marrakech drawn in same group B
By The Atlas Lions, May 24 2016 5:57PM
Al Ahly (Egy)
Asec Mimosa (CIV)
ES Setif (Alg)
By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2016 7:04PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international striker Mohssine Iajour has signed a one-year contract with Qatari outfit Al-Khor.
By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2016 12:55PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Herve Renard has called up Yassine El Kharroubi (Lokomotiv Plovdiv-Bulgaria) as replacement for Bounou and Munir while Abdelaziz Barrada left the Atlas Lions' training camp because of a knee injury he sustained during match against PSG.
By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2016 7:38AM
Reports in France suggest that Arsenal have set their sights on Bayern Munich‘s Morocco defender Medhi Benatia and are primed to make an offer.
RMC reported on Sunday evening that the Gunners have made the North African their Number One defensive target this summer, and appear keen to tie the 29-year-old down to a deal as soon as possible, with a bid to be expected this week.
Benatia is coming off the back of a tricky season, having struggled with injuries and fitness during Pep Guardiola’s final campaign in Bavaria.
Indeed, he only managed 14 appearances in the Bundesliga this season—of which 11 were starts—and was only picked in Guardiola’s starting XI on two occasions on their run to the Champions League semi-final.
However, it Benatia can be rehabilitated, he could be a valuable asset for Arsene Wenger.
By The Atlas Lions, May 22 2016 12:05PM
Striker Pa Omar Jobe's 42nd minute header secured Gambia's Young Scorpions a 1-0 win against Morocco U-20 AFCON Zambia 2017 on Saturday in Banjul.
The host started the Second Round first leg clash the better side controlling the tempo of the game with brilliant movements in midfield pushing the Moroccans to defend.
It was Morocco who could have soared to an early lead when Ebrima Sidibeh's misplaced pass went to striker Fadiz Othman, who shot at the side net.
The Young Scorpions went close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions with Bun Sanneh, Ebrima Jobe, Hamidou Bojang and Mbye Faye all failing covert chances at goal.
Real de Banjul goal poacher, Jobe headed home a Sanneh cross pass a helpless Ben Abdel Elmehdi three minutes before recess, for the only goal that separated the two sides.
After the break, the host continued from where they left off putting the Moroccans under immense pressure. Captain Ablie Jallow, Adama Jarju and Ebrima Jobe were denied by Moroccan goalkeeper Ben Abdel to keep the scoreline unchanged with the Gambians squeezing oout a narrow victory ahead of the return leg in three weeks in Rabat.
Omar Sise (Head Coach, Gambia)
It was a match that we prepared well and everybody is behind the team and that helped us. We are a bit disappointed with the goals that we expected to score but it's a general problem for The Gambia. It will take time to address it but at least we managed to score in every game.
Mark Wotte (Head Coach, Morocco)
I was not happy with my team's first half performance because we can play much better and we will play much better in Rabat. The objective of my team is to score two goals more than Gambia in Rabat. We will have two players back for the return leg and they would help the team. The Gambian players know each other very well; they might have spent a lot of time together which isn't the case with Morocco.
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