• Press review: Morocco Seeks To Play Friendlies with Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

    (morocco world news) Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Football Federation said that negotiations are underway regarding playing potential friendlies against teams from South America and Asia in the coming period.

    The move comes at a time the Moroccan national team might be out of continental action for the next four years due to sanctions by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    CAF barred Morocco from hosting the upcoming African Cup of Nations following requests to postpone the tournament over fears of the Ebola Virus.

    Speaking to sports website Hesport, Youssef Hajob, who is in charge of the national team’s pre-competition matches, said that talks are underway to play friendly matches with national teams from South America such as Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, as well as from Asia, such as Japan and South Korea.

    Hajob added that they are only awaiting CAF’s final decision regarding the sanctions against Morocco in order to start working on a new program for the national team accordingly, and to sign contracts with the teams that will be available to play friendlies with.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Fiorentina Look To Cut Ties With El Hamdaoui

    Fiorentina are set to end the contracts of Moroccan striker Mounir El Hamdaoui and Ukrainian winger Oleksandr Iakovenko when the upcoming January transfer window opens.

    El Hamdaoui and Iakovenko both have not been able to crack Fiorentina`s starting 11 even with the injuries of Italian strikers Giuseppe Rossi and Federico Bernardeschi.

    According to La Nazione, Fiorentina will look to first try and loan both players out in January, but if there is not enough interest, both player’s contracts will be terminated and each will be free to sign with whom they want.

    Both El Hamdaoui and Iakovenko have not made an appearance this season for the Viola and do not seem to be part of head coach Vincenzo Montella’s plans in the future.

    http://forzaitalianfootball.com/2014/11/fiorentina-look-to-cut-ties-with-two-players-in-january/

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  • Press review: Former Bahraini Official Opposes Morocco’s Participation in Gulf Cup

    Marrakech- Sheikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, the former president of the Bahrain Football Association said that he does not support the idea that Morocco participates in the Gulf Cup of Nations.

    The former president’s objection comes as a response to a claim made by Yousef Yaqoob Al Serkal, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federation, who said he would welcome the participation of the Moroccan national team in the Gulf Cup.

    Sheikh Issa rejected the idea of allowing the Moroccan and Jordanian teams to take part in the Gulf Cup of Nations, stating that it’s better to maintain the competition exclusively for the people of the Gulf, according to le360.

    He added that in case Morocco and Jordan were allowed to participate in the Gulf Cup of Nations, this would open the door for other countries to make a request to participate in the competition.

    The Gulf Cup takes place every two years with participation of the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman) in addition to Iraq and Yemen. The 22th second edition of the Gulf Cup of Nations is taking place in Saudi Arabia from 13 to 26 November.

    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/11/144329/former-bahraini-official-opposes-moroccos-participation-in-gulf-cup/

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  • Morocco 2 Zimbabwe 1: Assaidi, Iajour ensure comeback win

    By Sportal

    Morocco came from a goal down to see off Zimbabwe 2-1 on Sunday and end a tumultuous 2014 on a positive note.

    CAF opted to strip Morocco of Africa Cup of Nations hosting duties and remove them from the competition due to a row over the dates of the competition amid fears over the spread of the Ebola virus.

    However, Badou Zaki's men picked up a 6-1 win over Benin in midweek to lift the gloom around the national side - a theme that continued on Sunday.

    Zaki's charges extended their winning run to five matches as two goals in 14 second-half minutes turned the game on its head in Agadir.

    Zimbabwe debutant Macauley Bonne had given the visitors the lead when he opened his international account 18 minutes in.

    However, Stoke City winger Oussama Assaidi levelled for Morocco shortly after the hour when he sidefooted home from distance after some slick build-up play.

    The turnaround was complete when Mouhcine Iajour tucked home the winner from the spot after the striker had been brought down in the box.

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  • NT: Morocco beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in a friendly

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in a friendly played at Agadir Stadium on Sunday. Morocco goals were scored by Oussama Assaidi and Mohcine Iajour (pen.

    Final Whistle!

    See all goals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf1MhZnm9Zw

    5 minutes of additional time

    Achakir comes in for El Khaliqi 86'

    Achenteh comes in for Lazaar 85'

    81' Feddal comes in for El Ahmadi

    79' Goal Mohcen Iajour from penalty spot and 2-1 for Morocco. See goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aus3EasvgJQ

    75' Labyad comes in for El Kaddouri

    63' Oussama Assaidi nets home for Morocco against Zimbabwe and the score is 1-1. See goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5cYysTT2Yw

    55' Mohcine Iajour comes in for HamdAllah

    46' Oussama Assaidi comes in for Chehchouh

    Zimbabwe opened the scoring in the 18' minute. 0-1 is the score. See goal video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv-_2FP_sDc

    Match is underway!

    MOROCCO starting line up vs Zimbabwe:

    Bounou-DaCosta-El Adoua-El Khaliqi-Lazaar-El Ahmadi-Ait Ben Ider-El Kaddouri-Chehchouh-Chamakh-HamdAllah

    Coach: Badou Zaki

    Location: Agadir

    Competition: Friendly

    Kick off: 20h00 GMT, 21h00 CET

    Live streaming video links: http://watchfomny.net/A-Tv-Maroc.php

    http://www.wiziwig.tv/broadcast.php?matchid=291512&part=sports

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  • Live Score: Morocco vs Zimbabwe

    (TheAtlasLions.com)

    MOROCCO starting line up vs Zimbabwe:

    Bounou-DaCosta-El Adoua-El Khaliqi-Lazaar-El Ahmadi-Ait Ben Ider-El Kaddouri-Chehchouh-Chamakh-HamdAllah

    Coach: Badou Zaki

    Location: Agadir

    Competition: Friendly

    Kick off: 20h00 GMT, 21h00 CET

    Live streaming video links: http://watchfomny.net/A-Tv-Maroc.php

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  • Press review: Caf bans Morocco for two Afcon’s

    Morocco will be barred from the next two Africa Cup of Nations as punishment for refusing to host the 2015 edition in January-February, Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou said on Saturday.

    “We are going to stick to the rules, that means elimination from the next two Nations Cups,” Hayatou told France's L'Equipe sports daily.

    “On top of that there will be the financial and moral damages to calculate.”

    Morocco are facing a 20 million dollar (16 million euros) fine for refusing to host the 2015 Cup in its scheduled January 17-February 8 slot over fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic to the popular tourist destination, Morocco's Le Matin newspaper suggested this week.

    The north African state had called for the Cup to be postponed, but organisers CAF rejected their request, stripping them of their position as hosts and barring them from playing in the continental showcase.

    Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, which co-hosted the 2012 edition with Gabon, were named as Morocco's replacement as hosts for the troubled 2015 tournament on Friday.

    Aside from the former Spanish colony in west Africa who now qualify automatically, three countries are assured of their place in the troubled 2015 Cup - Tunisia, Algeria and Cape Verde Islands.

    There are 12 qualifiers scheduled for Saturday with defending champions Nigeria needing a victory in Congo Brazzaville to have a realistic chance of qualifying. AFP

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  • Morocco locals NT: Morocco held to goalless draw by Rwanda

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco locals national team was held to a goalless draw against Rwanda in a friendly played at Fes Stadium yesterday.

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  • Morocco vs Zimbabwe: Amsif and Benatia leave the training camp to join their clubs

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Badou Zaki agreed to let Mohamed Amsif and Mehdi Benatia to leave the training camp ahead of the friendly against Zimbabwe in order to join their clubs.

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  • Press review: Nordin Amrabat likely to miss Atlético and Real Madrid clashes after suffering muscle injury with Morocco

    Malaga winger Nordin Amrabat was been ruled out for the next 10 to 15 days after suffering a muscle injury while on international duty with Morocco, leaving him in doubt for the Andalusian’s upcoming La Liga ties against Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

    After scoring the first goal of the evening in Morocco’s 1-6 win over Benin, Amrabat was forced to leave the pitch in the 25th minute after suffering a left thigh injury.

    Upon further examination, the medical staff ruled that the Dutch-born star had a slight tear and would be sidelined for up to two weeks.

    Amrabat will undergo further tests to determine the exact extent of the injuries but should he be ruled out for two weeks, Malaga will be without their star played for their two most important games of the season as they face reigning La Liga champions on 22nd November and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda on 29th November.

    http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/135303/nordin-amrabat-likely-to-miss-atletico-and-real-madrid-clashes-after-suffering-muscle-injury-with-morocco/?

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