By The Atlas Lions, Aug 28 2015 8:33PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Ahmed El Messaoudi is out injured and will not be available for the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Sao Tome on Sep. 5th.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2015 9:49AM
Tottenham are reportedly mulling over a move for Lille ace Sofiane Boufal.
It is thought that the Premier League outfit have already sent out scouts to watch the young midfielder in action and are likely to return to France this weekend in order to take a final look at the player before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, who is yet to make his international debut for Morocco, scored seven goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sees Boufal as the ideal attacking midfielder to provide competition with Christian Eriksen in the centre of the park, although the Denmark international has also been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus this summer.
Tottenham are also expected to seal the signing of Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen before September 1.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 26 2015 5:34PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Former Morocco international and Levante winger Nabil El Zhar has signed a two year contract with UD Las Palmas till June 2017.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 26 2015 5:30PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international striker Younes Bnou Marzouk (19) has joined Belgian outfit KVC Westerlo on a one year loan from Juventus.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 26 2015 5:12PM
(Morocco World News) Morocco head coach Badou Ezzaki has announced a 25-men squad ahead of Sao Tome and Principe clash in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for September 5th.
Bayern Munich’s Mehdi Benatia and Lille’s Sofiane Boufale have been left out of the squad.
Benatia was forced off the pitch with a thigh injury during his team’s 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim over the weekend. Sofiane Boufale, however, reportedly turned down Ezzaki’s call-up because the 21-year-old wants to focus on his club career with French side Lille OSC.
Morocco now tops Group F following their 1-0 victory over Libya in June in the Agadir Grand Stadium.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Real Zaragoza), Munir Mohand (Numancia), Amine El Bourkadi (OCK).
Defenders: Abderrahim Achaakir (AS FAR),Manuel Da Costa (Olympiakos),Mohamed Oulhaj (RCA), Mohamed Aberhoun (MAT),Ahmed El Messaoudi (Standard de Liège),Issam El Adoua (Chongqing Lifan), Achraf Lazaar (Palermo),Fouad Chafik (Laval),Rochdi Achenteh (Vitesse Arnhem).
Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord),Mounir Obbadi (Lille),Jamal Ait Ben Idir (WAC),Oussama Assaidi (Al Ahli Dubai),Noureddine Amrabat (Malaga), Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli),Marwane Saadane (FUS) Nabil Dirar (AS Monaco).
Attackers: Aatif Chahechouhe (Sivasspor), Mouhcine Iajour (Qatar),Bouldini Mohamed (RCA),Youssef El Arabi (Granada),Yacine Bammou (Nantes).
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 25 2015 8:48PM
According to Sky Italia, AS Monaco have not given up on the possibility of signing Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar before the window closes.
Monaco have held several meetings with Palermo in an attempt to close a deal, but so far the Serie A side have rejected their advances.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 25 2015 2:40PM
(Morocco World News) Rabat – Sofiane Boufale has reportedly turned down Badou Ezzaki’s call-up to play against Sao Tome and Principe in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on September 5th.
The central midfielder is said to have refused to play for Morocco in the upcoming game to focus on his club career with French side Lille OSC.
Morocco’s head manager Badou Ezzaki reportedly had a discussion with Boufale, but the 21-year-old has decided he does not want to be considered for the Moroccan national team.
The French-born Moroccan stressed he has got some priorities at club level, saying that he wants to hold down a regular first-team place in the Ligue 1 with his club Lille OSC.
Sofiane Boufale joined Lille from Angers for around 3 million euros. He produced 3 goals and 6 assists for the French club.
The Moroccan national team travels to Sao Tome on September 3rd to play the second game in their campaign to qualify to the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Badou Ezzaki’s men will take on Sao Tome and Principe on Sept 5th. Morocco now tops Group F alongside Cape Verde with three points each, ahead of Libya and Sao Tome and Principe.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 25 2015 12:32PM
Manchester United have launched a £3m bid for Norwegian wonderkid Rafik Zekhnini, according to TA.
The teenage winger caught the eye with an impressive showing against Borussia Dortmund in a recent Europa League clash for his side Odd.
It appears United scouts were among those to have liked what they saw from the 17-year-old.
They are said to have lodged on offer, which was rejected by the Odd hierarchy.
That version of events was disputed by the club. General manager Einar Handlykken denies that Odd have received an offer from United for their starlet, but acknowledged that the Red Devils may well be interested in signing Zekhnini.
He told TA: “It may well be that Manchester United are interested in Rafik, but we have not received any specific bid.”
One person hoping that a bid is forthcoming is the player himself.
Zekhnini revealed that a switch to Old Trafford would be his dream move and claims he is a fan of the Red Devils.
He said: “My dream is to play for Manchester United. It has always been the favorite club. But you never know if any offer will come.”
Zekhnini has two goals in four senior appearances for Odd.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 24 2015 12:37PM
Bayern Munich centre-back Mehdi Benatia has been ruled out for four weeks with a hamstring injury.
The Morocco international came off after 36 minutes during Bayern’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday, in matchday two of the Bundesliga.
It means that the 28-year-old will miss Morocco’s trip to Sao Tome and Principe in a fortnight, in their Group F second outing of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
FOLLOW: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
The Atlas Lions will be looking to keep their momentum going against the continental minnows, after kicking their AFCON campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Libya in Agadir last June.
The Libyans will host Cape Verde in the group’s other fixture.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 24 2015 11:18AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and FC Twente striker Youness Mokhtar has joined Saudi outfit Al-Nasr reported various media.
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