By The Atlas Lions, Sep 27 2016 9:44PM
Morocco reserves (locals) team to play friendlies with Cameroon and Jordan
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 27 2016 9:42PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco was placed in Pot 3 alongside Cameroon, Senegal and Egypt, according to the procedure adopted in the draw for the AFCON 2017 to be made next October 19 in Libreville, released Tuesday by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Host Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria were named top seeds.
The seedings approved by the Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations at its meeting on Monday, 26 September 2016 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, was determined taking into account the performance of the qualified teams during the following competitions:
* AFCON final tournaments (2012, 2013, 2015)
*AFCON qualifiers (2013, 2015, 2017)
*FIFA World Cup (2014)
*FIFA World Cup qualifiers (2014)
Here are the four pots:
- Pot 1 : Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria
- Pot 2 : Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, DR Congo
- Pot 3 : Cameroon, Senegal, MOROCCO, Egypt
- Pot 4 : Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Guinea Bissau.
The final phase of AFCON 2017 is scheduled for January 14 to February 5 in Gabon.
Host Gabon, holders Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria have emerged top seeds for the draw of the final tournament of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
The quartet will make up Pot 1 for the draw to be held on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 in Libreville at 19H00 local time (16H00 GMT).
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 27 2016 9:37AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco manager Herve Renard has selected 26 players for the upcoming WC2018 qualifier against Gabon in Franceville on Oct. 8th and the friendly against Canada in Marrakech on Oct 11th.
Here is the squad list:
1-Munir El Kajoui - Numancia
2-Yassine Bounou - Girona
3-Yassine El Kharroubi - PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
4-Fouad Chafik - Dijon
5-Achraf Lazaar - Newcastle United
6-Hamza Mendil - Lille
7-Marouane Da Costa - Olympiacos
8-Younes Abdelhamid - Dijon
9-Faycal Rherras - Hearts
10-Jaouad Yamik - Raja Casablanca
11-Youssef Ait Bennasser - Nancy
12-Karim El Ahmadi - Feyenoord
13-Faycal Fajr - Deportivo La Coruna
14-Roumain Saiss - Wolves
15-Ismail El Haddad - WAC
16-Hakim Ziyech - Ajax Amsterdam
17-Mbark Boussoufa - Al-Jazeera
18-Youness Belhanda - Nice
19-Rachid Alioui - Nimes
20-Oussama Tannane - St Etienne
21-Mehdi Carcela - Granada
22-Nordin Amrabat - Watford
23-Youssef En Nesyri - Malaga
24-Aziz Bouhaddouz - St Pauli
25-Youssef El Arabi - Lekhwiya
26-Khalid Boutaïb - Strasbourg
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 21 2016 7:12AM
By Morocco World News
Zurich – FIFA President Gianni Infantino said, Tuesday in Zurich, that Morocco is able to organize major football events in the future.
During a meeting at FIFA headquarters with President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Infantino hailed the constant action undertaken by the Moroccan Federation to promote and develop football at the national level.
On this occasion, FRMF President, Faouzi Lakjaâa, highlighted the role of the Moroccan Federation in promoting football through many projects aiming at improving football infrastructure.
After the meeting, Infantino announced his intention to visit Morocco in the coming weeks to develop relations and strengthen cooperation between FIFA and the FRMF.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 18 2016 5:06PM
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 18 2016 4:20PM
Walter Zenga was happy with the performance from the Moroccan international.
Wolves picked up a fantastic win in the Championship today as they bounced back in style from their 4-0 defeat v Barnsley in midweek.
They travelled to Newcastle United expected to be the latest team to succumb to Rafa Benitez’s men.
However, they did not read the script and ended up winning the game 2-0 – with an own goal from Chancel Mbemba and a Helder Costa strike proving the difference.
The game also saw Wolves boss Walter Zenga hand a debut to Moroccan international Romain Saiss.
The 26-year-old holding midfielder put in an assured display and received praise from Zenga after the game. He told the club’s official website:
“Romain Saiss gave to us balance - he is calm, concentrated, and will be an important player for us.
“But I want to compliment every one of the starting eleven and everyone in the squad.
“There was no one player today who didn’t give 200 per cent.”
Saiss arrived in the summer from French side Angers in a deal reported by the Express and Star to be in the region of £3 million.
But he has had to wait for his chance to shine and it would certainly appear that he has managed to that in this fixture.
Wolves will be hoping for similar future performances from their new signing as they look to challenge for promotion this season
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 17 2016 5:35PM
CASABLANCA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - John Toshack was fired as coach of Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca on Saturday, less than 24 hours after they lost 4-0 at Zamalek of Egypt in the first leg of the African Champions League semi-finals.
The former manager of Wales and Real Madrid had been at the club for more than two years.
"The management has offered all the necessary, financial, technical and logistical support to John Toshack and his staff to be able to achieve good results," Wydad said in a statement.
"Given the recent results of the team, it turns out there is a real problem ... and for that reason Wydad has decided to end John Toshack's contract."
Zamalek are now big favourites to advance to next month's two-legged final against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa or Zambians Zesco United in the continent's top club competition.
Jackson Mwanza scored twice in two minutes just before the hour mark to put Zesco 2-0 up in Saturday's first leg in Ndola but Khama Billiat pulled one back for Sundowns three minutes from time as the home side won 2-1.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 15 2016 1:19PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco dropped 5 places in the FIFA World Ranking published on Thursday. Morocco are now 58th in the world.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 15 2016 1:15PM
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 14 2016 8:27PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Nabil Dirar got injured after just three minutes of play in UEFA Champions League match of Spurs against AS Monaco.
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