By The Atlas Lions, Oct 13 2015 9:35AM
Nigeria are to open talks with Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria for a friendly ahead of their crunch two-legged AFCON qualifier against Egypt in March, NFF president Amaju Pinnick has told AfricanFootball.com
Nigeria take on Egypt in March in a double header, which could well determine the fate of the Super Eagles for Gabon 2017.
Egypt lead the AFCON qualifying group with six points from two matches, two points more than second-placed Nigeria with the overall group winners guaranteed automatic qualification to 2017 AFCON.
Pinnick said the NFF are determined to ensure that the Eagles are in the right frame of mind technically and mentally against the record seven-time African champions.
"I have asked them to begin to shop for a friendly game against Morocco, Tunisia or Algeria in the next available FIFA window," he told AfricanFootball.com
"That tells you how important the next AFCON qualifiers are to us. We want to make sure that the Eagles are properly prepared and have an idea of how the North Africans play.
"But in any case, coach Sunday Oliseh has already started studying the tapes of the Egyptians and he is preparing the game plans."
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 12 2015 10:01PM
Morocco and Guinea played out a 1-1 draw in Agadir on Monday night, as the two nations were eyeing a morale-boosting result ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Standard Liège’s striker Mohamed Yattara put the visitors ahead after 20 minutes of play, with Napoli’s midfielder Omar El Kaddouri levelling matters from the penalty spot three minutes later.
Three days after causing a major upset in Algiers with a 2-1 victory over Yacine Brahimi and the ‘Fennecs’, the Syli will be happy with another decent performance on the road before taking on Gambia or Namibia next month.
Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions, who kicked off their preparation with a 0-1 defeat to Côte d’Ivoire last Friday, will have to go back to the drawing board before facing Equatorial Guinea.
Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Fouad Chafik, Zouhair Feddal, Issam El Adoua, Achraf Lazaar, Mounir Obadi, Karim El Ahmadi, Hakim Ziyech, Abdelaziz Barrada, Omar El Kaddouri, Aatif Chahechouhe
Guinea: Abdoul Aziz Keita, Fodé Camara, Sekou Condé, Fousseyni Bamba, Ibrahima Sory Bangoura, Lanfia Camara, Naby Keita, Mohamed Diarra, Oumar Diop, Sadio Diallo, Mohamed Yattara
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 12 2015 8:58PM
The 28-year-old Moroccan will get another crack to collect the CAF's best individual award.
Medhi Benatia appears on the 37-man shortlist for the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, the Confederation for African Football revealed on Monday.
This is the second straight season Benatia has made the shortlist as a Bayern Munich player, though last season he finished outside of the top three for the award. Manchester City's Yaya Touré has taken home the crown each of the last five years.
Benatia was the only Moroccan player nominated, Algeria having the most nominees of any country with six. Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Borussia Mönchengladbach's Ibrahima Traoré are the only other Bundesliga players who made the list. The Barclays Premier League had the most nominations with nine, followed by the Italian Serie A with four.
The CAF will announce the winner this coming weekend. Here is the full list of nominees:
Aymen Abdennour (Valencia, Tunisia)
Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto, Cameroon)
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth, Nigeria)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon)
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain, Côte d'Ivoire)
Andre Ayew (Swansea City, Ghana)
Javier Balboa (Al-Faisaly, Equatorial Guinea)
Medhi Benatia (Bayern Munich, Morocco)
Thievy Bifouma (Granada, Republic of the Congo)
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Baghdad Bonja (Étoile du Sahel, Algeria)
Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto, Algeria)
Yasine Chickhaoui (Al-Gharafa, Qatar)
Mame Diouf (Stoke City, Senegal)
Férébory Doré (Angers, Republic of the Congo)
Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, Nigeria)
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, Algeria)
Gervinho (AS Roma, Côte d'Ivoire)
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa, Benin)
Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli, Algeria)
Max Alain Gradel (AFC Bournemouth, Côte d'Ivoire)
Modather al Tayeb "Karika"(Al Hilal, Sudan)
Seydou Keita (AS Roma, Mali)
Robert Kidiaba (T.P. Mazembe, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, Algeria)
Sadio Mané (Southampton, Senegal)
Stéphane Mbia (Trabzonspor, Cameroon)
Dieu Merci Mbokani (Norwich City, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Bassem Morsi (Zamalek, Egypt)
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva, Nigeria)
Nicolas N'Koulou (Olympique du Marseille, Cameroon)
Héldon Ramos (Rio Ave, Cabo Verde)
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma, Egypt)
El Arbi Hillel Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb, Algeria)
Ibrahima Traoré (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Guinea)
Yaya Touré (Manchester City, Côte d'Ivoire)
Viktor Wanyama (Southampton, Kenya)
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 12 2015 5:40PM
87' El Kaddouri and Iajour both fail to score from easy chances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a36UnNuSbWA
82' Achenteh comes in for Lazaar
71' Good chance to score for Hamdallah
69' Hamdallah comes in for Chehchouh
64' Y. Belhanda comes in for Ziyech
53' Mohssine Iajour comes in for Abdelaziz Barrada
Second half underway!
El Kaddouri scored 1-1 for Morocco from penalty spot in the 23' minute, see goal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_KIoY-X3sQ
Guinea opened the scoring in the 20' minute. 0-1. see goal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA1cHGMhGJM
See good chance to score by Barrada
Match is underway!
Location: Adrar Stadium, Agadir
Competition: International friendly
Kickoff: 19h00 GMT, 21h00 CET
MOROCCO line up vs Guinea:
Bounou-Chafik-El Adoua (C)-Feddal-Lazaar-Oubbadi-El Ahmadi-Ziyech-Barrada-El Kaddouri-Chehchouh
Coach: Badou Zaki
Live streaming video: http://www.snrt.ma/?lang=ar#latest-videos-title
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 12 2015 8:06AM
Morocco and Guinea will face off in Agadir on Monday, as the two nations resume their preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
It is in high spirits that the Syli headed to the Cherifian kingdom, following their 2-1 morale-boosting win over Algeria in Algiers on Friday night.
One goal down just two minutes into the match after Riyad Mahrez had sent through Islam Slimani for the opener, Luis Fernandez’s men had ultimately the last word, courtesy of a first-half brace from Lass Bangoura.
And the Guineans are now eyeing the Atlas Lions’ scalp, to keep their momentum going ahead of their crucial November tie on road to Russia 2018 against Gambia or Namibia.
However, the Syli will have to cope with the absence of experienced midfielder Kévin Constant in Agadir, after the former AC Milan sustained a muscle injury against the ‘Fennecs’.
Meanwhile, Morocco will be eager to bounce back after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Côte d’Ivoire on Friday, falling to a 60th minute winner from Seydou Doumbia after enjoying most of the possession.
The Atlas Lions will launch their World Cup qualifying campaign against Equatorial Guinea.
The match will kick off at Grand Stade d’Agadir at 21h00 CAT on Monday.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 10 2015 7:43PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) The kickoff time of the friendly between the Atlas Lions and Guinea has been changed from Monday 18h00 GMT to 19h00 GMT announced Moroccan FA today.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 10 2015 11:04AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco CHAN team coach Mhamed Fakhir has selected 26 players from Moroccan Botola league for the second leg matches of the CHAN 2016 qualifiers due to be held in Tunisia.
The team will hold a training camp in Marrakech between Oct 13 and Oct 18.
Here is the squad list:
01-LAAROUBI ZOUHAIR - WAC
02-NAKACH BRAHIM - WAC
03-RABEH YOUSSEF - WAC
04-HOUSNI RACHID - WAC
05-OUNAJEM MOHAMMED - WAC
06-NOUSSIR ABDELATIF - WAC
07-KARROUCHY ADIL - RCA
08-OULHAJ MOHAMMED - RCA
09-JAHOUH AHMED - RCA
10-HAFIDI ABDELILAH - RCA
11-KADDIOUI IDRISSI YOUSSEF - RCA
12-JBIRA ABDELJALIL - RCA
13-AGUERDOUM EL IDRISSI YOUSSEF - DHJ
14-EL MOUBARAKY ABDESSAMAD - CRA
15-MHAMDI ABDELALI - RSB
16-BOURKADI MOHAMED AMINE - OCK
17-EL YAMIQ JAWAD - OCK
18-TIBERKANINE RACHID - OCK
19-ACHCHAKIR ABDERRAHIM - FAR
20-EL MALHAOUI ZAKARIA - IRT
21-MOUAOUI ABDELGHANI - IRT
22-SAADANE MARWANE - FUS
23-BENJELLOUN ABDESSALAM - FUS
24-BATNA MOURAD - FUS
25-BENCHARKI ACHRAF - MAS
26-KHADROUF ABDELADIM - MAT.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 9 2015 8:44PM
Ivory Coast beat Morocco 1-0 in an international friendly match at the Grand Stade d'Agadir on the Moroccan coast on Friday evening.
The CSKA Moscow striker came off the bench to score the decisive goal as the 2015 African Cup of Nations champions ended a three game winless run.
Morocco had the first chance of the match with Eric Bailly there to clear from danger to keep the scores level after 11 minutes. The chance was one of a few in the opening stanza as the two side's matched each other in every department.
With his side offering little in attack Michel Dussuyer introduced Doumbia after the break and the CSKA Moscow man had the desired impact just short of the hour mark.
The on-loan Roma forward rose from a corner-kick to head home a bullet header as he continued his scoring spree - having netted nine goals in 11 matches across all competitions for is club side this term.
For the Ivory Coast the win stretches their unbeaten record against the North Africans to six games with the Atlas Lions having last beaten the West African side in November 1994.
Morocco next face a Guinea side high in confidence on Monday, following their 2-1 win in Algeria.
Morocco starting XI: Munir Elkajoui Mohamed, Issam El Adoua, Zouhair Feddal, Fouad Chafik, Achraf Lazaar, Mounir Obbadi, Karim El Ahmadi, Hakim Ziyech, Abdelaziz Barrada, Nabil Dirar, Youssef El Arabi
Ivory Coast starting XI: Sylvain Gbohouo, Mamadou Bagayoko, Lamine Kone, Eric Bailly, Constant Djakpa, Geoffroy Serey Die, Ismael Diomande, Jean-Michael Seri, Salomon Kalou, Giovanni Sio, Gervinho
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 9 2015 4:40PM
(TAP) - Tunisia’s Olympic football team beat Morocco’s team of elites 4-0, at their first friendly played, Friday in Rabat (Morocco).
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 9 2015 4:29PM
4 minutes of additional time
86' Marwane Saadane comes in for El Ahmadi
76' Nabil Dirar booked
74' Mohssine Metouali come in for Mounir Obbadi
72' Dirar heads off target
69' Chance for El Adoua
65' Hamda Allah comes in for El Arabi and Belhanda comes in for Ziyech
63' Omar El Kaddouri comes in for Abdelaziz Barrada
60' Doumbia opened the scoring for Ivory Coast from a neat header 0-1.
56' Another chance for El Arabi, his shot is blocked by the goalkeeper
51' Ziyech's free-kick goes above the woodwork
50' Ziyech booked for argue with referee
No change in Moroccan line up
Second half underway!
45+2 Good save Mohamedi
35' Double chance for Morocco by El Arabi and Ziyech
30' Barrada shoots in the hands of the keeper
23' El Arabi heads off target, assist Lazaar
13' Chance for Ziyech, his shot went wide
11' Good chance to score for El Ahmadi
Match is underway!
Competition: International Friendly
Kickoff: 18h00 GMT, 20h00 GMT
Location: Adrar Stadium, Agadir
Morocco lineup vs Ivory Coast:
Mounir Mohamedi-Mouhamed Chafik-Issame El Adoua (C)-Zohair Feddal-Achraf Lazaar-Mounir Obbadi-Karim El Ahmadi-Hakim Ziyech-Abdelaziz Barrada-Nabil Dirar-Youssef El Arabi.
Coach: Badou Zaki
Live Streaming Video: http://arryadia.snrt.ma/
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