• World Cup 2018: Morocco reveal World Cup Selection

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco manager Herve Renard has revealed the Moroccan selection for the World Cup 2018.

    Here is the selection list:

    1-Munir El Kajoui

    2-Yassine Bounou

    3-Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti

    4-Nabil Dirar

    5-Marouane Da Costa

    6-Ghanim Saiss

    7-Hamza Mendyl

    8-Soufyan Amrabat

    9-Mehdi Benatia

    10-Achraf Hakimi

    11-Badr Banoun

    12-Karim El Ahmadi

    13-Youssef Ait Bennasser

    14-Mbark Boussoufa

    15-Youness Belhanda

    16-Fayçal Fajr

    17-Amine Harit

    18-Nouredin Amrabat

    19-Hakim Ziyech

    20-Ayoub El Kaabi

    21-Khalid Boutaib

    22-Aziz Bouhaddouz

    23-Mehdi Carcela


    24-Oualid Hajjam

    25-Noussair Mazraoui

    26-Youssef En-Nasyri

  • FIFA World Ranking: No change for Morocco

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco are still on the 42nd place of the FIFA World Ranking published today.

  • Press review: Wydad Casablanca thrash AS Togo Port

    (Africanfootball.com) Wydad Casablanca thrashed AS Togo Port 3-0 in the 2018 CAF Champions League Group C game at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca on Tuesday.

    As a result, Morocco's Wydad move to the top of Group C standings, while Togolese side Togo Port remain fourth on the table.

    It took only two minutes for hosts to break the deadlock through their leading marksman Mohamed Ounajem.

    Amin Thigazaoui played a lovely through pass for Ounajem, who made no mistake as he beat Togo Port goalkeeper Jean Robert Klomegan to make it 1-0 to Wydad.

    The goal unsettled the Togo Port defence and they conceded again four minutes later, and this time it was Naim Aarab who scored

    The Belgium-born defender scored with a header to make it 2-0 to Wydad, with Thigazaoui grabbing his second assist.

    The visitors, who had been very poor, decided to pull out Didi Arnaud and they introduced Yao Novon in the 22nd minute.

    Togo Port were able to defend better and they managed to contain Wydad until Seychelles match referee Bernard Camille blew the half-time whistle.

    Wydad were leading 2-0 at the interval having dominated the first-half.

    The hosts continued their dominance in the second-half and they managed to extend their lead through Mohammed Nahiri.

    Ounajem found Nahiri inside the Togo Port box and the latter beat Klomegan with a low effort to make it 3-0 to Wydad 12 minutes into the second-half.

    Nahiri thought he had grabbed his brace on the hour-mark when he scored with a back-heel, but his goal was disallowed as he was offside.

    Komla Kove was introduced by Togo Port with eight minutes left as the visitors looked to snatch late goals in the closing stages of the game.

    However, the Wydad defence, which was led Aarab, stood firm in the dying minutes of the game and ultimately the defending champions beat Togo Port 3-0 on the night

    Wydad (2) 3 (Ounajem 2', Aarab 6', Nahiri 57')

    Togo Port 0

    Wydad: Laaroubi, N. Aarab, Noussir, Nahiri, Thigazaoui (Chikatara 90'), Saidi, Hassouni (El Karti 76'), Nakach (Ait-Ben-Idir 78'), Gaddarine, Ounajem, El Haddad.

    Togo Port: Klomegan, Ouro-Sama, Bourahana, Djadja, Bode, Sewonou, Sangare, Yacoubou, Arnaud (Novon 22'), Hunlede (Kove 82'), Kloukpo (Koussaglo 67').

  • Press review: Rachid Alioui out of World Cup injured

    (AP) Morocco striker Rachid Alioui will miss the World Cup after surgery to repair a torn hamstring.

    Alioui’s French club, Nimes, says he will be out of action for several months.

    The 25-year-old Alioui has enjoyed a remarkable season with Nimes, helping the southern side gain promotion to the topflight with 17 goals and four assists in 38 matches. He was injured last week on the final day of the second division championship.

  • Confederation Cup: El Kaabi on target for Berkane

    (BBC Sports) Striker Ayoub El Kaabi further staked a claim for a place in Morocco's final World Cup squad with two more goals in the Confederation Cup.

    The goals earned Renaissance Berkane a 2-0 win over hosts UD Songo of Mozambique in Group B on Wednesday.

    In the other match in the group Sudan's Al Hilal were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Egypt's Al Masry, who took the lead after just 10 minutes through Islam Issa.

    Hosts Hilal, played the final 65 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal El Tahir Hassan, equalized when Brazilian Geovane Maranhao converted an 82nd minute penalty.

    The results mean El Kaabi's Berkane top the group with six points, Masry are on four, Al Hilal have just one while Songo are pointless.

    In Group A Aduana Stars of Ghana came from behind three times to snatch a stoppage-time 3-3 draw with Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

    Mahmoud Benhalib twice and Lema Mabidi put Raja in front only for Aduana to level through goals from Oba Ikama, Caleb Amankwah and Nathaniel Asamoah.

    In the same group, AS Vita Club of the DR Congo recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Ivory Coast's Asec Mimosas 3-1 in Kinshasa.

    Gbagnon Badie converted a 19th-minute penalty for the Abidjan outfit and they retained the lead until half-time.

    Vita Club were a transformed team in the second half with Emmanuel Ngudikama scoring twice before a Glody Muzinga goal put the outcome beyond doubt.

    The DR Congo side top the pool with four points, Asec are on three, Raja two and Aduana bottom with a single point,

  • WC 2018: Rachid Alioui out!

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Rachid Alioui will miss the World Cup after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon last weekend.

    The in-form Nimes striker will be out for several months.

  • Sofiane Boufal: “My aim is to find another club.”

    Speaking in an interview with SFR Sport last night, Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal confirmed his desire to quit the club at the end of the season.

    “There is no problem with Southampton, I had it out with the manager. There was unfortunately a misunderstanding between the club and myself, but today I am under contract with the club and everything is fine with the club’s board and the manager too.”

    “I have been available to the coach this season. Sadly, he has not wanted to use me that much. I respect his decisions. In terms of our human relationship, we get on fine, nothing bad has happened.”

    “I am still under contract with the club, I have another 3 years on my contract, but the truth is that my aim is to find another club, to go elsewhere, to find another project, a club with a style of play that suits me and a manager that is counting on me. A club that believes in me, where I can explode into life.”

    “It is true that a return to France today would interest me a lot. A good club in France that is playing in Europe, of course I would be interested. It is a league that I know well. I know the language, I was born in France… Marseille are a very big club. This year, the club is in the Europa League final… The stadium, the club, the manager… of course Marseille interests me, if Marseille are interested in me then why not sign for them.”


  • Press review: Ajax signs Zakaria Labyad

    (Ajax.nl) Ajax has reached an agreement with Zakaria Labyad and FC Utrecht for the attacking midfielder’s transfer to Amsterdam. Labyad has signed a contract for 4 seasons, until June 30, 2022.

    Labyad was born on March 9, 1993, in Utrecht. Prior to FC Utrecht, he played at PSV and Sporting Club de Portugal. The Portuguese club loaned him out to Vitesse during the winter break of the 2013-2014 season. Immediately after that, he was loaned out to Fulham FC in England for six months.

    Huge step forward

    Labyad is very happy with his transfer to Ajax. “My family and friends are very proud and they know how hard I’ve worked for this. The fact that I’m finally here is a huge step forward. You strive to reach the top in the Netherlands, and that’s where I am now.”

  • Transfers: Zakaria Labyad officially joins Ajax

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and FC Utrecht midfielder Zakaria Labyad has officially joined Ajax Amsterdam on a four year deal.

  • NT: Morocco loses appeal to recruit Spain forward El Haddadi

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Morocco’s soccer federation has lost its case against FIFA to recruit Spain forward Munir El Haddadi before the World Cup.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed Morocco’s appeal against a FIFA ruling that blocked the Barcelona player from transferring allegiance.

    The verdict was given after a hearing on Monday.

    FIFA rules prohibit switching nationality after playing in a competitive match.

    El Haddadi, who has family ties to Morocco, played for Spain in a 2016 European Championship qualifying game, as a 77th-minute substitute in a 5-1 win over Macedonia.

    The 22-year-old El Haddadi is out of favor with Spain and played this season on loan at Alaves.

    Morocco and Spain will face each other on June 25 in Kaliningrad. Portugal and Iran are also in Group B.


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