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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • CHAN 2018: Morocco power into Chan semifinals

    (SuperSport.com) Morocco have become the first team to book a place in the semifinals of the 2018 African Nations Championship after they defeated Namibia 2-0 at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday evening.

    Goals either side of half time from Ayoub El Kaabi and Salaheddine Saidi saw the Atlas Lions to a deserved victory over the Brave Warriors, who can be proud of their underdog efforts at the Chan tournament.

    Namibia had the first clear chance, with a seventh-minute free kick from Absalom Limbondi handing Vitapi Ngaruka a great heading chance from close range, but the defender completely missed the flight of the ball.

    Morocco went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, though they struggled to create clear-cut scoring chances. Their only real opening in the first half hour fell to Achraf Bencharki, but the youngster hesitated and eventually sent a poor effort over the target.

    Yet the Atlas Lions showed great initiative and quick-thinking in the 37th minute when playmaker Walid El Karti took a quick free kick before Namibia’s defence could organise themselves, allowing striker Ayoub El Kaabi to go clean through and break the deadlock with a simple finish past goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua.

    And it took just 10 minutes of the second half for the North Africans to double their advantage: midfielder Salaheddine Saidi got on the end of Bencharki’s corner kick and scored with a glancing header to put Morocco firmly in control.

    The Brave Warriors battled gamely to try and get back into the game and even had a goal disallowed with around 20 minutes to play, but they always looked likely to concede again, with Morocco’s Mohamed Nahiri striking the crossbar with an effort direct from a free kick on 78 minutes.

    In the end 2-0 proved to be more than enough for the Atlas Lions, who will face either Libya or Congo in the first semifinal, set for Casablanca on Wednesday evening.

    Morocco (1) 2 (El Kaabi 37’, Saidi 55’)

    Namibia (0) 0

    Morocco: Zniti, El Yamiq, Boulahroud, Saidi (Barrahma 87’), El Kaabi (Hammoudan 79’), El Karti, Haddad (Hadraf 59’), Banoun, Nahiri, Bencharki, Jbira

    Namibia: Kazapua, Hambira, Hanamub, Karongee (Lombard 46’), Fredericks, Limbondi, Ketjijere, Keimuine, Ngaruka, Shitembi (Katjiteo 89’), Nekundi (Nenkavu 66’)

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  • Chan 2018: Morocco through to semis as they beat Namibia 2-0

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco CHAN team are through to the semi-finals as they beat Namibia 2-0 in Casablanca on Saturday.

    Morocco goals were scored by Ayoub El Kaabi and Saidi.

    See all goals: http://www.yalla-shoot.com/live/12805/morocco-vs-namibia.html

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  • WC 2018: Morocco 🇲🇦 Serbia 🇷🇸 international friendly game Friday March 23th will be played in Torino (Italy). The game will be live broadcast on Arryadia.

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  • Sellami: Morocco will be stronger despite Sudan stalemate

    (KweséESPN) Even though Morocco ended their 100 percent record with a goalless draw against Sudan on Sunday, coach Jamal Sellami is confident his decision to play a much-changed side will serve the African Nations Championship hosts well.

    With Morocco already qualified for the quarter finals after winning their first two matches, Sellami opted to shuffle his pack, with only one of the 11 players to have started the first two matches - Nayef Aguerd - retaining his place in the side.

    Predictably, Morocco lacked the cohesion that had characterised their first two fixtures, and Sudan did have the second-half chances that could have taken them through as group winners instead of the Atlas Lions.

    Nonetheless, Sellami is confident that his decision to give Morocco's reserve players a run out will serve them well as the tournament wears on.

    "We gave an opportunity for the substitutes to play and we we didn't get any yellow cards and nobody was injured," he told journalists. "This was important for us for the next stage.

    "Now we have six days to prepare, and I think we'll be ready for the quarter final," Sellami continued. "It was important for us - as hosts - to qualify in the first two matches, and having guaranteed our progress, this was an opportunity for the other players."

    Sellami's reshuffle led to two of Morocco's would-be star men - Walid El Karti and Achraf Bencharki - being given a first start of the tournament, although the latter missed a second-half penalty during a frustrating display.

    Nonetheless, Ahmed Hammoudan won admirers with a lively display, while forward Ayoub Nanah was a busy, bustling presence throughout.

    "They were competitive against a well organised team," Sellami continued. "It was important for us to play the replacements, some of whom are coming back from injury and some of whom haven't been fit.

    "We took this opportunity to bring them back," he added. "The objective was to stay in Casablanca, not to pick up any cards or injuries, and to rotate the team."

    The draw means that Morocco end their group-stage campaign atop Group A with seven points, level with Sudan but ahead on goal different, to set up a quarter-final showdown with Group B runners-up Namibia.

    Guinea finish third after beating Mauritania in their final group game, while the Mourabitounes make the short trip home pointless.

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