• Press review: Comoros flight back against Morocco.

    (Africanfootball.com) Comoros held Morocco to a 2-2 draw in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group B match at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli on Tuesday.

    The draw saw Les Coelacantes and the Atlas Lions remain third, and second respectively on the group standings

    Comoros' Les Coelacantes were seeking revenge against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

    The Atlas Lions had recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Les Coelacantes in an encounter which was played in Casablanca over the weekend.

    The home side took the lead just eight minutes into the game with the visitors' defence exposed.

    El Fardou Ben Nabouhane was the man, who beat Morocco goalkeeper Munir El-Kajoui to make it 1-0 to Comoros.

    The Atlas Lions tried to press Les Coelacantes in search of the equalizing goal with the half-time fast approaching.

    However, Comoros stood firm at the back and the hosts were leading 1-0 at the interval.

    A second-half which was dominated by the visitors followed and they managed to level matters eight minutes after the restart.

    Turkey-based centre forward Khalid Boutaib made it 1-1 with a good finish with Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahamada well-beaten.

    Ahamada was beaten again in the 62nd minute and this time it was Nordin Amrabat, who scored to make it 2-1 to Morocco.

    The hosts then pushed for a late equalizing goal and they managed to score through their star forward Ben Nabouhane.

    The Serbia-based forward scored in stoppage time to ensure that Comoros drew 2-2 with Morocco in Mitsamiouli.

    Comoros (1) 2 (Ben Nabouhane 8', 90'+2)

    Morocco (0) 2 (Boutaib 53', N.Amrabat 62')

    Comoros XI: Ali Ahamada, Alhadhur, Ali Soilihi, Ali Mohamed, Kassim Abdallah, Bachirou, M'Changama, Rafidine Abdullah, Selemani, M'Madi, Ben Nabouhane.

    Morocco XI: Munir, Hakimi, Mendyl, Sofyan Amrabat, Aguerd, Saïss, Saidi, El Ahmadi, Fajr, Boutaïb, Nordin Amrabat.

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  • AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Morocco held by Comoros 2-2

    Comoros levels the score 2-2 in the dying seconds of the game

    62' Morocco take the lead 1-2 by Nordin Amrabat!

    53' Khalid Boutaib scored from close range the 1-1 for Morocco

    Half time!

    Comoros take the lead against Morocco

    Competition: AFCON 2019 qualifiers

    Location: Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Mitsamiouli

    Kickoff: 12h00 GMT, 14h00 CET

    Morocco Starting line up vs Comoros:

    12. Munir El Kajoui.

    2. Achraf Hakimi.

    3. Hamza Mendyl.

    4. Salahedine Saydi.

    5. Naif Akred.

    6. Romain Saiss.

    8. Karim Al Ahmadi (C).

    11. Faycal Fajr.

    13. Khalid Boutaib.

    16. Nordine Amrabat.

    17. Soufiane Amrabat.

    Subs:

    1. Yassine Bounou.

    7. Mehdi Bourabia.

    9. Achraf Dari.

    10. Ismail Hadad.

    14. Mbarek Boussoufa.

    15. Walid Azarou.

    18. Youssef En-Nesyri.

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  • Award: Achraf Hakimi crowned Bundesliga starlet of the month. The Borussia Dortmund defender won the rookie of September award.

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  • NT: Marouane Da Costa did not make the trip with The Atlas Lions to Moroni due to exhaustion. Noussair Mazraoui and Ait Bennasser are out injured.

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  • Press review: Morocco Edge out hard fighting Comoros in slim win

    By Soka25east.com

    Morocco defeated Comoros 1-0 in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Casablanca Saturday night.

    At complex Mohammed V, the Moroccans faced a well organized Comoros team and were able to reach the goal only in the stoppage time.

    The goal was scored by Faycal Fajr from a penalty kick in injury time.

    The Moroccans performance was significantly impacted by the absence of its playmaker and Ajax star Hakim Ziyech due to injury.

    Ziyech will also miss the next encounter between the two sides on Tuesday in the Comoros islands.

    In the other game of Group B, Cameroon, who qualify for the Nations Cup automatically as hosts, won 1-0 against Malawi.

    After their win, Morocco move to six point in the second place, one point less than Cameroon, while Malawi remain on three points followed by Comoros with one point.

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  • AFCON 2019 qualifiers: Morocco wins hard fought match against Comoros.

    Final whistle!

    90' Faycal Fajr scores for Morocco from penalty spot and 1-0 for Morocco

    75' Oualid Azarou replaced Mbark Boussoufa

    46' Hamza Mendyl replaced Nabil Dirar while Ayoub El Kaabi replaced Khalid Boutaib

    Location: Mohamed V Complex, Casablanca, Morocco

    Competition: AFCON 2019 Qualifiers

    Morocco starting line up:

    Bono, Fajr, Da Costa, Dirar, Hakimi, Saiss, Boussoufa (C), El Ahmadi, Amrabat, Boutaib, En-Nesiry

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  • NT: Hakim Ziyech out vs Comoros through muscle stretching sustained during match vs AZ Alkmaar last weekend.

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  • AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Morocco selection for double match vs Comoros (Oct 13th and 16th )

    Here is the selection:

    1-EL KAJOUI MONIR

    2-BOUNOU YASSINE

    3-TAGNAOUTI AHMED REDA

    4-DIRAR NABIL

    5-MAZRAOUI NOUSSAIR

    6-DA COSTA MAROUANE

    7-SAISS GHANEM

    8-MENDYL HAMZA

    9-AMRABET SOFIANE

    10-HAKIMI ACHRAF

    11-AGUERD NAIF

    12-EL AHMADI ARROUSSI KARIM

    13-AIT BENNASSER YOUSSEF

    14-BOUSSOUFA M’BARK

    15-BOURABIA MEHDI

    16-BELHANDA YOUNES

    17-FAJR FAYÇAL

    18-AMRABET NOUREDDINE

    19-ZIYACH HAKIM

    20-EL KAABI AYOUB

    21-BOUTAIB KHALID

    22-EN-NESYRI YOUSSEF

    23-AZARO WALID

    24-ESAIDI SALAHEDDINE

    25-HADDAD ISMAEL

    26-HAFIDI ABDELILAH.

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  • Transfers: Mounir El Hamdaoui re-joins Excelsior Rotterdam

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Former Morocco international Mounir El Hamdaoui (34) has re-joined home club Excelsior Rotterdam until end of season.

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  • FIFA Ranking: Morocco’s National Team Moves Up in FIFA Ranks

    By Morocco World News

    Rabat – Morocco’s victory over Malawi has benefited the Atlas Lions. The team has gained a spot in this month’s FIFA ranking, up to 45th.

    With 1,425 points, the Atlas Lions rank fourth in Africa behind Tunisia (23), Senegal (25), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (40).

    Last month, the national football team dropped five spots to 46th.

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