• Transfers: Oussama Tannane back to France

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international Oussama Tannane is back with St Etienne from loan spell with Spanish club Las Palmas.

    He will probably start with the reserves team. He is still under contract with St Etienne until 2020.

  • Transfers: OGC Nice have enquired about a return for Younes Belhanda

    Ligue 1 side OGC Nice have contacted Turkish giants Galatasaray over a possible loan return for Younes Belhanda, according to Manu Lonjon of Yahoo Sport.

    Les Aiglons have gone as far as submitting a loan with option to buy offer, but Gala want to sell out-right after Belhanda’s relationships with certain individuals at the club have turned sour.

    From Germany, Werder Bremen are in active negotiations with Galatasaray about agreeing a straight transfer, so Nice could miss out.


  • Transfers: Saudi club Al-Hilal has officially signed Morocco international striker Achraf Bencharki for 3,5 year confirmed Al-Hilal on Tuesday.

  • Transfers: Genoa re-opens talks with Raja Casablanca about possible move of Jawad El Yamiq to Genoa before closure of transfer window


  • Transfers: Younes Bnou Marzouk joins Swedish top flight team Dalkurd on loan from Swiss team Lugano.

  • Transfers: Genoa cancels the signature of Jawad El Yamiq!

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Genoa cancelled the signature of Jawad El Yamiq!

    Reason according to reports in Italy suggest that the player failed to turn up for the medical tests!

  • CHAN 2018: Looming transfers could hit Moroccan chances

    (BBC Africa Sport) Ashraf Bencharki helped Wydad Casablanca win the 2017 African Champions League.

    Hosts Morocco will be without key players Achraf Bencharki and Jawad El Yamiq if they reach the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final on Sunday.

    The duo are set to leave their Moroccan clubs by Wednesday to play overseas, which contradicts competition rules.

    The CHAN is a tournament for African players based in their own domestic leagues.

    Bencharki has agreed to join Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal Riyadh, while El Yamiq is heading to Genoa in Italy.

    Midfielder Bencharki is leaving from African champions Wydad Casablanca, while defender El Yamiq has been on the books of city rivals Raja.

    Both men could also miss Wednesday's semi-final against Libya should their deals have gone through by that day's transfer window deadline.

    Their International Transfer Certificates (ITC) must be registered with football's world governing body Fifa before the end of Wednesday.

    The Confederation of African Football (Caf) says that a player is ineligible to play in the CHAN once his ITC registration is with a club outside his own country.

    Morocco are due to play their semi-final at 1630GMT on Wednesday, so leaving little time after the match for any paperwork to be finalised.

    Caf regulations state that as well as being a citizen of the country, "only players with a permanent contract registered in a local club affiliated to their national association are eligible to participate in the African Nations Championship."

    Earlier in the tournament Guinea launched an appeal over the eligibility of Sudan's Elsmani Elsawi Saadeldin, who they claimed had signed for Libyan club Al Ittihad Tripoli in December.

    Caf ruled that Saadeldin was eligible as he was still with his Sudanese club Al Merreikh at the time.

    Elsewhere, Nigeria's Stephen Eze is set to continue playing as his proposed move from Kano Pillars to Bulgaria's Lokomotiv Plovdiv can happen after the CHAN as the Bulgarian transfer window remains open until 28 February.

    Similarly, the move of Cameroon's Frantz Prangop to MLS side Minnesota United in the United States will be finalised after the tournament.

  • CHAN: Morocco, Libya set for North African derby

    (SuperSport.com) Morocco and Libya will meet for a North African derby in the first semifinal of the 2018 African Nations Championship on Wednesday evening. The match is set for the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, kick-off at 6.30pm CAT.

    Hosts Morocco have enjoyed a great run to the final four of the continental tournament, topping Group A before they ousted surprise packages Namibia 2-0 in the quarterfinals this past weekend, thanks to goals from Ayoub El Kaabi (his sixth in the Chan) and Salaheddine Saidi.

    “Before the match, we trained for all possible scenarios. We analysed the Namibian team very well. We identified their dangerous players and made sure that when we play, we find ways to stop them and we did,” coach Jamal Sellami said.

    “We encountered some difficulties. Namibia is a very well organised team. We could see the organisation was done in a professional manner.But today we came out on top. They played a good game and we scored at the right moments.”

    Libya have had a mixed run to the semis, with their group stage campaign marred by a defeat to Nigeria, while their quarterfinal victory over Congo on Sunday night came via penalties.

    The teams were locked 1-1 after extra time thanks to goals from Libya’s Saleh Al Taher and Congo’s Junior Makiesse, before the Mediterranean Knights won the post-match shootout 5-4.

    Coach Omar Al-Marimi has cajoled his side to better performances throughout the tournament and will be hopeful that the prospect of a regional derby against the Atlas Lions brings the best out of his players.

    Morocco and Libya have met in 11 official matches according to Fifa’s statistics database. The Atlas Lions have claimed five wins compared to two for the Knights. Morocco won 4-0 when the teams last met, a friendly match played in Rades in October 2015.

  • CHAN 2018: Morocco to face Libya in semis

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco CHAN team will face Libya in the semis in Casablanca on Jan 31st. The kickoff is at 16h30 GMT, 17h30 CET.

  • Transfers: Jawad El Yamiq joins Adel Taarabt at Serie A side Genoa

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Jawad Yamiq has joined Serie A side Genoa where he will play alongside fellow Moroccan Adel Taarabt.

    El Yamiq has signed with Genoa until 2021. The transfer fee is estimated at 800.000 USD


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