• CAF Beach Soccer: Morocco beat Egypt 2-1 and finish 5th

    CAF Beach Soccer: Morocco vs Egypt - match for the 5th place -

    Morocco finished 5th in the CAF Beach Soccer championship as they beat Egypt 2-1 on Sunday.

    Morocco goals were both scored by Anas El Hadaoui.



  • African Beach Soccer 2015: Morocco run past Seychelles to fight for 5th

    After the big upset of not getting to semifinals, Morocco got to the sand today with the clear objective of not stumbling again, and securing their berth in the fight for the fifth place. And so they did, running past hosts Seychelles to make sure they will take on Egypt with a double objective: forgetting their key defeat in the group stage, one which left them outside of the decider in this CAF Beach Soccer Championship 2015, and clinching the fifth place in this continental showdown.

    The Moroccans got things pretty much under control during the first period. The goals by Benmamma and El Ouairry had the Lions of the Atlas commanding the game comfortably. Golakeeper El Ouairry, again, widened the gap with the 3-0, and El Hamidy, with another double practically finished the host’s options to fight for the win.

    After that, El Hadaoui’s side slowed down a bit, and saved efforts for tomorrow’s game. Seychelles took advantage of that, and started owning the ball more and more, to finally find the Moroccan nets with Mathiot’s 5-1. That effort was obviously too little and too late for the hosts to dream about a comeback, but it was at least a good way to close the match for them.

    Goals: 1-0: Benmamma, min. 6 (1); 2-0: El Ouairry, min. 4 (1); 3-0: El Ouairry, min. 9 (2); 4-0: El Hamidy, min. 6 (2); 5-0: El Hamidy, min. 5 (2); 5-1: Mathiot, min. 2 (3).



  • Transfers: Galatasaray want €3.5m for Amrabat

    Galatasaray want €3.5 million for Nordin Amrabat according to Turkish newspaper Hürriyet.

    Amrabat is currently on loan at Malaga but still has two-years left on his contract at Galatasaray.

    “We want €3.5 million upfront for Amrabat, if we receive the price we want upfront we are willing to sell,” Galatasaray board member Ali Dürüst was quoted as saying in the Hürriyet.

    Malaga officials recently travelled to Istanbul to hold talks with Galatasary over making his loan stay permanent.

    West Ham and West Brom are also reported to be interested in the 28-year-old winger according to Talk Sport.

    Galatasaray will have presidential elections in May which could effect transfer policy and determine whether Amrabat is sold or made a part of next seasons squad.

    The Turkish giants paid out €8 million for Amrabat in 2012 when he joined from Kayserispor.




  • Moroccans abroad: Amrabat set to hold talks with Malaga

    Galatasaray winger Nordin Amrabat has revealed that he is happy at Malaga but remains undecided on his future.

    Malaga officials travelled to Istanbul to hold talks with Galatasary over making his loan stay permanent.

    “I heard about that, I guess it shows they are pleased with me but all I am focused on right now is Malaga and the league, I do not want to talk about transfers and I do not really have a say in the matter anyway,” Amrabat told Milliyet.

    The Moroccan international did reveal that he could hold talks over his future after the Real Madrid game.

    “Perhaps I will hold talks after the Real Madrid game, lets see,” he added.




  • Morocco: Driss Bamous, Former Morocco’s Soccer Squad Captain, Dies


    Rabat- Driss Bamous, former president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and captain of national soccer squad, passed away Thursday. He was 73.

    The deceased will be buried Friday in the Chouhada Mosque in Rabat.

    Born on December 15, 1942, Driss Bamous was the captain of the Moroccan squad during the 1970 world cup in Mexico.

    Bamous played for FAR Rabat from 1963 through 1975. He also played for the national soccer team at the 1964 Summer Olympics and at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals.

    Following his playing career, Bamous became the president of the FRMF and organized the 1988 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.

    In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.



  • Transfers: Malaga officials in Turkey to hold talks over West Ham & West Brom target Amrabat

    Malaga officials are expected to arrive in Turkey to hold talks with Galatasaray over Nordin Amrabat according to the Hürriyet newspaper.

    Amrabat is currently on loan at the La Liga club however, Malaga are reported to want to make the stay permanent.




  • Beach Soccer: Morocco eliminated after defeat against Madagaskar 5-8

    The 8-5 win for Madagascar over Morocco was very convincing and helped to significantly boost the victors’ confidence going forward in the tournament. The speed at the beginning of the match was insanely fast, with seven first period goals being scored and a late flurry in the second period added to that total, before Madagascar played safe in the final 12 minutes to secure the three points. The win puts Madagascar in 1st place in the group, after three straight victories, and gives them a date with Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday in the second semi-final match. The loss was a tough one to swallow for Morocco but they knew they had their chances, and they will aim to turn things around in the consolation semi-final on Saturday.

    Special does not begin to describe the opening minutes of this all-important Group B match, as Madagascar scored twice in less than 20 seconds, while not two minutes later, Morocco answered with two strikes in a minute to put the score at 2-all with barely over three minutes gone in the first period. The bunches of goals continued to flow as the Barea scored two more in less than a minute to restore their two-goal lead, leaving the score at 4-2 with more than half of the period remaining. Flavien scored his second of the match for Madagascar and then held on for the 5-2 lead going into the first break. The second period was played at a breathless pace as well but the goals did not come as easily and going into the final minutes of the middle frame, the score still sat at 5-2. The first goal of the period came from the leaders, as Flavien scored his third goal to push the Madagascar lead to 6-2. The sides exchanged goals in the final 30 seconds and the period finished with the Barea up 7-3.

    Madagascar knew they could play the numbers and hold onto a four goal lead and top their group. The Barea were a little more conservative but not so much that they did not mount attacks and see their chances pile up. The goals did not come for either side until midway through the period, when Toky scored again for Madagascar to put the score at 8-3. Morocco still clung to hopes of an offensive outburst and comeback and they scored a late consolation goal, from El Karkouri, to make the score 8-4. The action wound down with the sides still jostling and Morocco netted another late goal on a penalty kick to make the score 5-8, thanks to the second goal of the day from El Karkouri. When the clock struck 0, Madagascar held on for the 8-5 win.

    Goals: 0-1: Giovanni, min. 11 (1); 0-2: Ymelda, min. 11 (1); 1-2: Nassim, min. 9 (1); 2-2: El Hadaoui, min. 9 (1); 2-3: Tianasoa, min. 7 (1); 2-4: Flavien, min. 7 (1); 2-5: Flavien, min. 4 (1); 2-6: Flavien, min. 2 (2); 3-6: Benmamma, min. 0 (2); 3-7: Toky, min. 0 (2); 3-8: Toky, min. 6 (3); 4-8: El Karkouri, min. 3 (3); 5-8; El Karkouri, min. 1 (3).




  • NT: Zaki out to convince Boufal for Morocco

    Morocco head coach, Badou Zaki, has decided to travel France to start negotiations with French-born Moroccan, Sofiane Boufal of Lille OSC to convince him to play for the Atlas Lions.

    According to Moroccan media the head coach will travel this week to France where he will meet with Boufal's family to talk with them and renew Morocco's offer for their son.

    Boufal refused a call-up from Hassan Benaish, the head coach of Moroccan Olympic team, after he was invited to team with the side.

    Moroccan officials made trips in Europe negotiated with players to play with their national team.

    The Atlas Lions of Morocco will play in Group F with Cape Verde, Libya, and São Tomé and Príncipe.




  • Moroccans abroad: Barcelona rising star Moha el Ouriachi to join Potters claims agent

    STOKE are set to go shopping in Barcelona again this summer by signing Moha el Ouriachi, says the player's agent.

    The 19-year-old is apparently keen to seek first team action at the Britannia Stadium rather than extend his contract at Barca and work his way through the ranks.

    The pacy and skilful left winger has represented Spain at youth level and rejected the chance to join Real Madrid in 2011.

    But he seems ready to jump at the chance to link up with Barca old boys Bojan, Marc Muniesa and Mark Hughes at the Britannia Stadium.

    Moha's agent Raul Verdu, who has several ties with clubs and players in England, says the opportunity to join Stoke was too good to turn down.

    He told Sport: "We thank Barca for the deal they offered the player and the efforts they have gone to try to renew his contract.

    "But another proposal was really interesting on both a professional and economic level. Moha has the option of joining the first team squad at Stoke and that was irresistible."

    Read more at http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Stoke-City-transfer-rumours-Barcelona-rising-star/story-26335929-detail/story.html#iB3ikPyiUbRQUtKK.99





    The 5-3 win for Morocco over Ghana was the kind of match you dream of taking part in. The match started in the sun and slowly turned to night and the lights shone brightly on the two national selections. The drama began before the lights kicked on, but the drama at dusk was a perfect example of back-and-forth action. Ghana nailed the first goal home, only to watch Morocco claw their way to the lead. The determination of Ghana was obvious as they came back to tie things, but the Moroccans were able to score and take the lead again, late in the final period. The win gives Morocco a chance at the semi-finals, if they can defeat Madagascar tomorrow evening. The loss was tough for Ghana and despite eliminating them from the semi-finals; they will have a chance to defeat Senegal on Thursday.

    Both sides already knew what they had to do, win and give themselves a chance at the semi-finals. Morocco and Ghana had lost on day one but they needed to secure victories in their final two group stage matches if they wanted to make sure they finished in one of the top two positions in Group B. The scoring began near the middle of period with Ghana scoring first, like they did in their opening match, but the Lions of the Atlas quickly stormed back and scored twice to take a 2-1 lead into the first break. The action reached new heights in the middle frame as the Black Stars tied the score at 2 on the restart. With the match tied, Morocco pushed more and more, culminating in a great strike from Nassim that struck the frame of the goal and Ghana raced down the field to take the lead again, this time at 3-2. Not to be outdone, El Mahrouk of Morocco scored his teams’ second equalizer, putting the score at 3-3 going into the final minutes of the period. The teams played the rest of the period to a draw and the score was 3-3 going into the all-important final period.

    Nothing separated the two sides as they scrambled to find the next goal and put themselves in the drivers seat for the semi-finals. Early in the frame, neither team could strike fear in the others’ hearts, but the goal and control finally came to the Lions of the Atlas, as the triumphantly took the 4-3 lead and began to play defensive, trying to save the win. The Black Stars were not panicking but the consternation was evident, as they knew how important the next goal would be. The next goal would be the equalizer or the nail in the coffin, the Black Stars were vying for it to be the former. Morocco played it safe and despite rushes from Ghana, their defense held strong and when the referees signaled the end of the match, the score was 5-3 for Morocco.

    Goals: 0-1: Kofi, min. 7 (1); 1-1: Nassim, min. 6 (1); 2-1: Benmamma, min. 2 (1); 2-2: Adjei, min. 11 (2); 2-3: Adjei, min. 8 (2); 3-3: El Mahrouk, min. 6 (2); 4-3: El Hadaoui, min. 8 (3); 5-3: Benmamma, min. 0 (3).


    Results Today:

    Wednesday 15.04.15

    15:00 – Nigeria 4-1 Egypt (Group A)

    16:15 – Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 Seychelles (Group A)

    17:30 – Morocco 5-3 Ghana (Group B)

    18:45 – Madagascar vs. Senegal (Group B)

    Upcoming Matches:

    Thursday 16.04.15

    15:00 – Seychelles vs. Egypt (Group A)

    16:15 – Nigeria vs. Cote d’Ivoire (Group A)

    17:30 – Senegal vs. Ghana (Group B)

    18:45 – Morocco vs. Madagascar (Group B)



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