By The Atlas Lions, Oct 19 2016 6:48PM
(Morocco World News/BBC/TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco will play in Group C in Oyem in northern Gabon, in the finals of the 31st African Cup of Nations (CAN-2017), scheduled to take place from January 14 through February 5 in Gabon, according to the draw held Wednesday in Libreville.
This group also includes Côte d’Ivoire and Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The composition of the four groups participating in the CAN 2017 is as follows:
Group A: Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina Faso
Group B: Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Tunisia
Group C: Ivory Coast, Togo, Morocco, Congo
Group D: Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, Mali
Ivory Coast will face former coach Herve Renard again after being drawn against Morocco in the group stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Renard led the Ivorians to the 2015 title but will stand in their way in Gabon - just as he also faces them in a 2018 World Cup qualifying group.
Morocco coach Renard is aiming for a hat-trick of success, having also won the Nations Cup with Zambia in 2012. He will know the Ivorians well, although the so-called 'golden generation' of players he guided to glory in Equatorial Guinea will not be present in Gabon.
Long-time talisman Yaya Toure has retired from internationals, along with brother Kolo.
But forward Gervinho is still a key part of the team and he will lead the new generation that includes Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and Paris St Germain full-back Serge Aurier.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 19 2016 5:56PM
Ghana are seeking a friendly against Algeria or Morocco in a high-profile international friendly to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt next month, the Ghana Sports Newspaper has reported.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 19 2016 4:20PM
(Reuters) - Southampton new boy Sofiane Boufal could make his debut for the English Premier League side after he was named in the squad for Thursday's Europa League clash at Inter Milan.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder injured his knee playing for Ligue 1 team Lille earlier this year and had to undergo an operation.
The Morocco international scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Lille last season, helping them reach the French League Cup final and finish fifth in Ligue 1.
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(ESPN) Cardiff City striker Marouane Chamakh is "angry" Arsene Wenger did not give him more of a chance to shine at Arsenal, and claims the Gunners manager showed him "a lack of respect."
Chamakh, 32, arrived at the Emirates Stadium in 2010 after being one of the key players of a successful Bordeaux side that won the Ligue 1 title in the 2008-09 season.
The Morocco international started life positively at Arsenal with three goals in his first five games, but ultimately made a total of just 40 Premier League appearances and scored eight goals before leaving in 2013.
"When I started, it went really well," Chamakh, who signed for Cardiff earlier this week, told RMC. "I took advantage of [Robin] van Persie's injuries, which cleared my path. I played for six months, I scored goals, I contributed. In January, Robin came back from injury and overnight I found myself on the bench without any explanation.
"Yes, obviously I'm a little bit annoyed with [Wenger], because I think I deserved more playing time than he gave and promised me. The year passed and at the start of the next season, he told me that the tactical system would perhaps change and that I would maybe start with Robin. It was only promises. There was nothing at the end of them.
"That year, Robin was incredible, he was player of the year. I couldn't say anything, and I wasn't going to go and see [Wenger] and tell him that I should be playing instead. Robin was a lot better than me.
"For the ambitions I had, I think it was a little bit of a lack of respect. I had started well, and overnight he forgot about me just like that.
"He asked me to be patient, told me that Robin wouldn't play more than 10 matches in a row, that he would get injured, but it lasted the whole year. There came a time when I had to make a decision and I left the club."
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 11 2016 9:44PM
Herve Renard's Morocco romped to a 4-0 win over Canada, with two Hakim Ziyech penalties helping his side to extend their unbeaten run.
Morocco cruised to a 4-0 friendly win over Canada on Tuesday to maintain their unbeaten record under coach Herve Renard.
The Frenchman took charge after the African Nations Cup in January - with his side now conceding just once in eight matches - and they never looked like losing their lead after Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez's early opener in Marrakech.
Two Hakim Ziyech penalties moved Morocco out of sight, and, although Canada created a couple of clear chances, substitute Rachid Alioui's deflected effort capped a deserved home victory.
Morocco attacked their opponents from the off and led after 12 minutes.
Hamza Mendyl delivered from the left, and, after Youssef En-Nesyri missed his header at the near post, the ball fell for Carcela-Gonzalez to control and slam a finish into the bottom corner.
The hosts continued to come forward, passing the ball with real confidence as Ziyech fired wide at the end of a mazy run.
Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan then saved well from Ziyech, before En-Nesyri's thump was blocked by David Edgar, and Borjan held from Fouad Chafik at the second attempt.
Morocco took a while to settle into the second period, and En-Nesyri's close-range effort was disallowed for offside when they finally did come forward.
However, in their next attack, Edgar caught the home forward with a stray arm to concede a penalty.
Ziyech stepped up to take the spot-kick and nonchalantly dinked into the net from 12 yards, and soon Morocco accelerated out of sight.
Ziyech slipped in Aziz Bouhaddouz, who fired straight at Borjan but then won a penalty as Manjrekar James followed his heavy touch with a crunching challenge.
With rather less flamboyance, Ziyech tucked away a second penalty, and Morocco's fourth arrived when Alioui's ferocious volley deflected into the corner off Edgar to complete the scoring.
Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/au/news/morocco-4-canada-0-ziyech-double-ensures-renard-remains-unbeaten#R1Fwe2Ukd3Xsprvg.99
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 11 2016 5:55PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco beat Canada 4-0 in friendly played in Marrakech on Tuesday. Morocco goals were scored by Mehdi Carcela, Hakim Ziyech (twice from penalty spot) and Rachid Alioui.
3 minutes of additional time
Goal Rachid Alioui - 86' minute
Goal Hakim Ziyech from penalty spot in the 81' minute
74' Good save Yassine Bounou!
65' Hakim Ziyech scored Morocco's second against Canada from penalty spot.
Second half underway!
Morocco open the scoring in the 12th minute by Mehdi Carcela
Match is underway!
Match: Morocco vs Canada
Kickoff: 19h00 GMT, 21h00 CET
MOROCCO starting line up:
1 BOUNOU YASSINE (GK) , 17 CHAFIK FOUAD, 4 DA COSTA MAROUAN (C ), 15 AIT BENNASSER YOUSSEF, 2 MENDYL HAMZA, 8 EL AHMADI KARIM, 11 FAJR FAYÇAL, 21 CARCELA MEHDI, 7 ZIYACH HAKIM, 24 EL HADDAD ISMAIL, 18 EN -NSERY YOUSSEF
22 EL KHARROUBI YASSINE (GK), 19 ALIOUI RACHID, 20 TANNANE OUSSAMA, 23 BOUHADDOUZ AZIZ, 25 EL-YAMIK JAWAD, 26 HAKIMI ACHRAF, 27 H’MIDAT ISMAIL, 3 LAZAAR ACHRAF, 5 ABDELHAMID YUNIS, 9 EL ARABI YOUSSEF, 10 BELHANDA YOUNES, 14 BOUSSOUFA M’BAREK, 13 BOUTAIB KHALID, 16 AMRABET NOUREDDINE
Live streaming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxlVDNuvvu4
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