• Mali vs Morocco: Aziz Bouhaddouz out

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Aziz Bouhaddouz did not make the trip to Bamako due injury he picked up during training

  • AFCON 2019: Hafid Deradji Comments On Morocco’s Eligibility to Host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

    By Morocco World News

    Rabat – Hafid Deradji, an Algerian Sports Commentator has reaffirmed–yet again– that Morocco will be the official host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

    The commentator has publicly addressed this information as he was commentating on Saturday’s 2018 World Qualifier game between Algeria and Zambia. Zambia beat Algeria with a 3-1 victory during this particular match.

    Deradji said that Cameroon has not and cannot have six stadiums within six months in order to host the 24 participant teams. “Therefore, Cameroon cannot host the African competition.”

    “Morocco, however, has six and ten and 12 stadiums, which made it eligible to host the African competition and even the FIFA World Cup competition,” said Deradji.

    He continued that “the proof is that Morocco’s candidacy to host the 2026 World Cup has officially been submitted.”

    In July, Deradji said the Confederation of African Football will soon announce Morocco as the official host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation (CAN).

    While Cameron has been experiencing delays in the execution of various Nations Cup infrastructural projects, Morocco expressed its interest in replacing the country in order to host the African football competition instead.

    Fouzi Lekjaa, the newly appointed third vice president of the Confederation of African Football, stated in July that Morocco is ready to replace Cameroon as the host of the 2019 African Cup of nations in case the latter is unable to hold it due to “lack of capacity.”

  • Morocco coach: Forget Friday’s win over Mali

    (Africanfootball.com) Morocco must forget about their big win over Mali on Friday night and re-focus for the rematch, according to coach Herve Renard.

    The Atlas Lions powered to an impressive 6-0 win over the Eagles in Rabat, with Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib, Achraf Hakimi, Faycal Fajr and Mimoun Mahi sharing the half dozen goals.

    Having claimed such an emphatic victory, Morocco are the clear favourites ahead of the teams’ return meeting in Bamako on Tuesday night.

    Yet Renard insists that his side must still be wary of their opponents, labeling the game in the Malian capital as the ‘most important’.

    “We did well against Mali, we intimidated them into mistakes and voila!” the French coach explained.

    “There are still three qualifier games ahead of us, but Tuesday’s match is the most important one for me.”

    The Morocco tactician added, “We should forget about this one now and look forward a great result in Bamako.”

    Mali and Morocco will meet at the September 28 Stadium on Tuesday night, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.

  • AFWCQ 2018: Ivory Coast beat Gabon 3-0!

    (Africanfootball.com) Gabon lost their third Group C match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 3-0 to Cote d'Ivoire on Saturday at Stade d'Angondjé in Libreville.

    In the wake of the loss, the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations hosts are now sitting at number three with two points from two draws in their campaign thus far.

    For the visitors, two goals from Seydou Doumbia and one courtesy of Max Gradel allowed them to walk away with the full three points.

    Both sides started on a low note, but it was the visitors who had a great opportunity through Salomon Kalou, though his effort went inches past the post when he struck from a good position in the 15th minute.

    The Elephants pushed to find an early goal, but defender Eric Bailly fired his shot over the crossbar as they had a better chance to grab the lead.

    The hosts responded through Denis Bouanga in the 30th minute as he unleashed a shot from an acute angle, but his effort went wide on the right and goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo parried narrowly wide.

    With 10 minutes towards the end of the first half, Gabonnese shot stopper Yves Bitseki was forced to produce a fine save as he denied Kalou's header.

    It was 0-0 at half time.

    Just after their return from the interval, Gradel found the back of the net after turning his marker inside out in the box before firing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot.

    With less than 25 minutes to go, the Panthers nearly found an equaliser through substitute Malick Evouna as he rattled the crossbar, but the referee called for a foul after he pulled down Bailly.

    In the 70th minute, the Ivorians kept pushing for the second goal, but it was Bitseki who kept the hosts in the game after denying a well struck shot by Gervinho before a rebound fell for Kalou and Seydou Doumbia.

    Coach Jose Antonio Camacho's men did not give up when Denis Bouanga saw his shot going over the woodwork after a poorly cleared cross broke to him at the edge of the box, only to hammer it over in the 76th minute.

    However, a minute later, Doumbia made it 2-0 for the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations winners when he received a fine pass from Gervinho and the forward took a single touch before lifting the ball superbly over the advancing Bitseki.

    Although the visitors were home and dry with a 2-0 lead, Doumbia completed his brace when he netted in the 83rd minute following a delivery by Gervinho.

    In the end, the hard-fought win sees coach Marc Wilmots' troops remaining at number one with seven points from two wins and one draw so far.

    However, the two continental giants are set to meet for the return leg in Bouake on Tuesday and the 2017 AFCON hosts will want to avenge this defeat.

    Gabon 0

    Cote d'Ivoire (0) 3 (Gradel 53', Doumbia 77', 83')

    Gabon: Bitseki, Manga, Palun, Obiang, Appindangoye, Tandjigora, Lemina, Kanga (Bingui 70'), Bouanga, Ameka (Evouna 59'), Boupendza (Assoumou 86')

    Cote d'Ivoire: Gbohouo, Traoré, Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Kalou (Assale 74'), Seri (Sanogo 79'), Kessié, Doumbia (Boli 89'), Gervinho, Gradel

  • AFWCQ 2018: Younes Belhanda will miss out the match vs Mali

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Younes Belhanda will miss out the match against Mali next Tuesday due suspension, Yesterday he picked up his second yellow card in these qualifiers.

  • Transfers: Leganes loan Amrabat

    By Football Espana staff

    Leganes have pulled off a late coup, bringing in Watford winger Nordin Amrabat on a season-long loan.

    Amrabat spent two years at Malaga before joining Watford, then coached by Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores, in January 2016.

    He made 48 appearances for the Hornets but was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Marco Silva after they signed ex-Sevilla target Marvin Zeegelaar.

    The 30-year-old also turned out for the likes of Galatasaray and PSV in his playing career.

  • Transfers: Alaves loan Munir

    By Football Espana staff

    Alaves have officially signed Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi on a season-long loan.

    A statement on Alaves’ website confirms it is a dry loan for Munir, with no option for a permanent transfer.

    The 22-year-old broke into Barca’s first team three years ago and picked up his one and only Spain cap aged just 19.

    However, he failed to kick on and spent last season on loan at Valencia as part of Paco Alcacer’s move to Camp Nou, scoring seven goals in 36 appearances.

    Munir could partner Bojan Krkic, another Blaugrana old boy, in a new-look, Alaves attack this term.

  • Press review: Morocco trounce Mali to go top

    (Supersport.com) Morocco went top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group with an empathic 6-0 victory over Mali at the Stade Moulay Abdellah in Rabat on Friday night.

    The win takes Morocco to five points from three matches in Group C, one point above second placed Cote d’Ivoire who are in action against Gabon on Saturday.

    Gabon are third in Group C with two points from two matches while Mali are last with one point from three games.

    Morocco took control of the tie from the opening whistle and made their pressure tell with the game’s first goal in the 19th minute when Hakim Ziyech found the back of the net, 1-0.

    Morocco doubled their lead eight minutes later when Khalid Boutaib slotted the ball home with a clinical finish, 2-0.

    Mali did not offer much in attack and defended with all their might to go into the break only trailing by two goals.

    Any chance of a fight-back from Mali were dealt a massive blow in the 57th minute when they were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Bakaye Dibassy after receiving a second yellow card.

    On the hour mark Hakim Ziyech put the result beyond doubt with his second goal of the night and his country’s third, 3-0.

    Matters went from bad to worse for the visiting Mali when they were reduced to nine men following the sending off of Mohamed Konate in the 67th minute after his second booking as well.

    The icing on the cake for Morocco was their fourth goal, scored by Achraf Hakimi in the 72nd minute, 4-0.

    Mali tried to defend as best they could after that with their nine men, but they could not finish the night without conceding two more goals – substitutes Faycal Fajr and Mimoun Mahi scoring for Morocco in the 86th and 89 th minutes respectively, 6-0.

    Morocco (2) 6 (Ziyech 19’ + 61’, Boutaib 27’, Hakimi 72’, Fajr 86’, Mahi 89’)

    Mali (0) 0

    Morocco: Munir, Amrabat (Tannane 74’), Belhanda, Benatia, Boussoufa, Boutaib (Mahi 80’), Dirar, El Ahmadi (Fajr 85’), Hakimi, Saiss, Ziyech.

    Mali:Sissoko, Wague, Dibassy, Traore, Kouame (Kone 64’), Bissouma (Couilbaly 78’), Diaby (Doumbia 66’), Konate, Marega, N’Diaye, Sylla.

  • AFWCQ 2018: Morocco trashes Mali 6-0!

    Final Whistle!

    See all goals: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1581649238524202/

    92' Belhanda booked

    88' Mimoum Mahi scores in debut for Morocco, 6th goal vs Mali

    86' Stunning goal by Fycal Fajr, Morocco's 5th vs Mali

    85' Faycal Fajr replaced Karim El Ahmadi

    80' Mimoun Mahi replaced Khalid Boutaib

    74' Oussama Tannane replaced Nordin Amrabat

    71' Achraf Hakimi scores Morocco's fourth goal against Mali tonight

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1581636801858779/

    67' Konate from Mali sent off

    62' Hakim Ziyech scores a superb goal, the third for Morocco vs Mali

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1581624595193333/

    57' Dibassy from Mali sent off

    27' Khalid Boutaib doubles the scoring for Morocco 2-0 vs Mali

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1581593205196472/

    19' Morocco score from penalty spot by Hakim Ziyech

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1581585451863914/

    Two chances to score for Boutaib


    Competition: AFWCQ 2018

    Location: My Abdellah Complex, Rabat

    Kick off: 20h00 GMT, 22h00 CET

    MOROCCO starting line up vs Mali:

    Munir El Kajoui-Achraf Hakimi-Nabil Dirar-Mehdi Benatia (C)-Ghanim Saiss-Karim El Ahmadi-Mbark Boussoufa-Youness Belhanda-Hakim Ziyech-Nourdin Amrabat-Khalid Boutaib

    Live streaming video: www.arryadia.com

  • Transfers: Short news

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Oussama Tannane has joined Las Palmas on loan from St Etienne

    Achraf Lazaar has joined Seria A side Benevento on loan from Newcastle.

    Sofian Kiyine has joined Serie B side Salernitana on loan from Chievo.


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