Hibernian can confirm that defender Faycal Rherras has joined the Club on loan from KV Mechelen until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.


  • Botola Pro: Faouzi Benzarti appointed new Wydad Casablanca coach

    African Champions Wydad Casablanaca have appointed 68-year-old Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti as their new coach on a one year, five months deal.

    Club’s president Siad Naciri confirmed the deal, “Faouzi Benzarti is officially the new coach having signed for one year, five months.”

    Faouzi succeeds Moroccan Hussein Amotta, who was recently dismissed together with his entire support staff following a poor home record.

    He returns to Botola Pro since guiding Wydad’s arch rivals Raja Casablanca to the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2014.

    Faouzi boasts an impressive record in Africa with nine Tunisian league titles, one African Champions League title and one CAF Super Cup title among other honors.

    The former Esperance du Tunis, Etoile du Sahel and ES Tunis coach has his work cut out at Wydad as he will be expected to steady the club’s sinking ship in the league where they are the defending champions and guide them in the African Champions League title defense.

    The team is currently 12th in the league 13 points off leaders Hassania Agadir.

    Wydad will take on TP Mazembe of DR Congo in this season’s CAF Super Cup.

    “Our objectives are to win titles have challenges coming up 24 February in the CAF Super Cup in addition to all other fronts,” Naciri stressed.


  • Eredivisie: Ziyech prepares to face fellow Moroccans in Amsterdam derby

    (BBC Sport) Hakim Ziyech will put friendships aside when his Ajax Amsterdam side face Feyenoord on Sunday.

    Morocco's contingent of Dutch-born footballers are all good friends off the field but that, says Ajax Amsterdam's Hakim Ziyech, is all put aside this Sunday when his club take on champions Feyenoord Rotterdam, captained by Karim El Ahmadi.

    "It is always nice to meet your friends on the pitch, especially my teammates from the national team," Ziyech told BBC Sport on Friday.

    "We have a good relationship off the field. We are good friends and we go for dinner and stuff like that.

    "But before this game, there's no communication!" Ziyech added.

    Ziyech lines up against Morocco skipper El Ahmadi in the midfield battle while Feyenoord are also expected to field Sofyan Amrabat, who like Ziyech opted to play for Morocco rather than the Netherlands national team.

    The much anticipated clash marks the return of league action after the winter break and dominates this weekend's sporting agenda in the Netherlands.

    "You can see this game a little like the clash in Spain between Real (Madrid) and Barcelona ... the hate … between the supporters. We are two big clubs in the league so that's why it is such an important match," Ziyech added.

    Ajax won four league titles in a row between 2011 and 2014 but finished second in each of the three subsequent seasons.

    Last season, Feyenoord returned to former glories as they won the Dutch championship for the first time in 18 years with El Ahmadi named as the league's best player.

    This season, PSV Eindhoven - the other of the three Dutch clubs to have won the European Cup - have a five point lead at the top of the table, but Ziyech believes Ajax can haul them in.

    "Five points is not much. At the beginning of the season we had been 10 points behind so we can make it up."

    Ajax play on Sunday under a new coach in Erik ten Hag, appointed earlier this month after previous incumbent Marcel Keizer was fired in December.

    "It is different but we are getting ready," was all Ziyech offered up in answer to how things were going with the new man in charge.

  • NT: Morocco climbs to 39th place in FIFA ranking

    Morocco's national football team has moved up by one spot to rank 39th in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday, said MAP news agency.

    Regionally and with a total of 748 points, Morocco was ranked fourth in Africa, behind Tunisia, 23rd, Senegal, 24th, and Egypt 30th. The four African teams are qualified for the final phase of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on February 15th.

    ...More : https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/61060/morocco-climbs-39th-place-fifa.html

  • CHAN: Sudan and Morocco battle for top spot

    (Aficanfootball.com) Sudan will lock horns with Morocco in their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Group A game at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Sunday.

    The Falcons of Jediane defeated Mauritania 1-0 in their previous group match which was played in Casablanca on Wednesday.

    As a result, Sudan, who are coached by Logarusic Zdravko Hrvatsko, are placed second on the Group A table with six points from two games.

    They have already booked their place in the knockout stages of the continent competition.

    Meanwhile, Morocco thrashed Guinea 3-1 in their previous group game which was played in Casablanca on Wednesday.

    The Atlas Lions, who are under the guidance of Jamal Sellami, are sitting at the top of the Group A standings with six points from two games.

    The tournament hosts have also booked their place in the quarter-finals.

  • CHAN: El Kaabi hat-trick takes Morocco to last 8

    AFP | Ayoub el Kaabi was the hat-trick star as hosts Morocco reached the African Nations Championship quarter-finals by defeating Guinea 3-1 in Casablanca on Wednesday.

    The 24-year-old is the leading scorer with five goals in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers after bagging a brace in a 4-0 rout of Mauritania last weekend.

    His Group A treble against the Guineans was only the third in 121 Championship matches, matching the feats of Zambian Given Singuluma and Nigeria Chisom Chikatara.

    El Kaabi needs one more goal to become the highest scorer in one edition of the competition — a record he currently shares with 2009 Nations Championship sharpshooter Singuluma.

    He has emerged as a surprise star with much of the pre-tournament attention on another Moroccan striker, Achraf Bencharki from 2017 African club champions Wydad Casablanca.

    But coach Jamal Sellami has opted to start with El Kaabi, introducing Bencharki as an impact player during the second half against Mauritania and Guinea.

    Adding to the joy of El Kaabi was the presence in a packed 65,000-seat Stade Mohamed V of Morocco World Cup coach Herve Renard.

    The Frenchman was studying the best Moroccan local talent as he prepares the “Atlas Lions” to face Iran, Portugal and Spain in Russia during June.

    El Kaabi scored on 27 minutes and after Saidouba Bissiri Camara levelled within a minute, struck twice in four minutes during the second half for an ultimately comfortable win.

    Sudan joined Morocco in the knockout stage after defeating Mauritania 1-0 in the second match of a double-header with 18-year-old Walaa Eldin Musa scoring on 30 minutes.

  • CHAN 2018: El Kaabi hat-trick leads Morocco past Guinea

    (SuperSport.com) Ayoub El Kaabi scored a hat-trick as Morocco beat Guinea 3-1 in an African Nations Championship (Chan) showdown at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Wednesday evening.

    The Moroccan forward followed his brace in the country's 4-0 thumping of Mauritania, with a man-of-the match display as the Atlas Lions move three points clear atop Group A.

    Saidouba Bissiri netted what proved a mere consolation for the West African nation.

    The hosts made their intentions clear from the onset and should've opened the scoring with three minutes on the clock, but Moroccan captain Badr Benoun could only succeed in skying his effort with the goal at his mercy.

    Pressure finally told for the hosts as the Atlas Lions hit the front in the 27th minute of the match. El Kaabi with a thunderous header that cannoned off the inside of the crossbar and into the back of the net, and despite protests from their opponents, the goal stood to the delight of the home fans.

    Guinea, though, hit back straight from the ensuing kick-off as Bissiri darted into the area before chipping the ball over the on-rushing Anas Zniti.

    The goal sparked the visitors into life, but the Syli Nationale were not able to add tot their equalizer with the scores deadlocked at the break.

    Following a rather cagey start to the second stanza, Morocco regained their lead as El Kaabi pounced on a defensive blunder before firing a left-footed shot into the back of the net in the 64th minute of the clash.

    The forward completed his hat-trick four minutes later with the easiest of finishes following a blistering counter-attack. Ismail El Haddad unselfishly teeing up his fellow attacker, who prodded home into an empty net.

    Guinea tried their level best to fight their way back into the encounter in the closing stages of the match, but Morocco held firm to claim all three points.

    The two teams will be in action again on January 21, with Morocco set to lock horns with Sudan at the same venue. Guinea will travel to Marrakech to take on Mauritania at the same time in the final round of Group A fixtures.

    Morocco (1) 3 (El Kaabi 27' 64' 68')

    Guinea (1) 1 (Bissiri 28')

    Morocco: Zniti; Jbira, Aguerd, Benoun, Nahiri - El Haddad, Barrahma, Saidi (Boulhroude 56'), Hadraf - Hafidi (El Karti 18') - El Kaabi (Bencharki 77').

    Guinea: Kante; I.Sylla, Gal Camara (Landel 72'), Ancamara, A.Bangoura - M.N'Diaye (D.Camara 48'), D.Bangoura, I.S.Sankhon - A.Camara, Sekou, Bissiri (S.Keita 75').

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  • CHAN 2018: Morocco beat Guinea 3-1

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco beat Guinea 3-1 by hattick of Ayoub El Kaabi

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  • Transfers: Oussama el Idrissi joins AZ Alkmaar

    (TheAtlasLions.com) AZ Alkmaar have confirmed the signing of Groningen winger Oussama Idrissi on a four-and-a-half-year deal.


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