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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 21 2019 07:48PM

(KingFut.com) Morocco head coach Herve Renard discussed his team’s chances in the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations ‘AFCON’ which will take place in Egypt in June 2019.


It has been announced that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced it’s bid has prevailed over South Africa’s one.


“We’ll go with ambitions, that’s normal. But today, there are two great favorites: Egypt, of course, and Senegal,” Renard told Jeune Afrique.


The French coach recently won the CAF Coach of the Year award for the third time following Morocco’s impressive performances in the World Cup and the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.


“Winning the CAN away is not easy,” he added. “We must not forget that nothing is easy during a CAN. We will face highly motivated teams. We will not be at home, and we know that outside, it’s always more complicated.”

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 21 2019 07:32PM

(Morocco World News) The Moroccan Botola Pro football league ranked modestly in the world’s top football league rankings. However, it ranked the best in Africa.


Rabat – The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has ranked Morocco’s Botola Pro football league the 27th best among world football leagues.


Botola Pro is Morocco’s primary football competition in which 16 teams contest. Raja de Casablanca (RCA) and Wydad de Casablanca (WAC) are the league’s most prominent teams, having won several national and continental titles.


In the top 10 rankings, Spain’s La Liga maintained first place for the ninth year in a row, ahead of England’s premier league which stayed in second place.


The top 10 was rounded out by the Brazilian league, the Colombian league, the Italian Serie A, the Argentinian league, France’s Ligue 1, Germany’s Bundesliga, the Scottish league, and the Portuguese league.


In Africa’s top 10, Morocco’s Botola Pro (27th globally) tops the list, replacing Tunisia (30th globally), which had claimed first place for the past five years. The DRC’s national league surprisingly climbed 30 places from the 2017 rankings to 32nd globally and third in Africa.


Egypt came fourth (30th globally), followed by Zambia (35th globally), Sudan (45th globally), Algeria (46th globally), South Africa (50th globally), Angola (57th globally), and Cameroon (76th globally).


In the Middle East, Qatar’s league (39th globally) came first, followed by Iran (51st globally), Saudi Arabia (52nd globally), the United Arab Emirates (58th globally), and Iraq (79th globally).


IFFHS created the list based on each country’s five best clubs’ results and achievements in national and international competitions.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 21 2019 01:11PM

(AFP) Holders Raja Club Athletic was drawn in the same group with fellows RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir in Group A for the group phase of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2019.


The trio unexpectedly found themselves in the same group with Congolese champions, AS Otoho completing the quartet. The outcome serves a replica of the 2012 edition of the second-tier continental club championship when three Sudanese team; Al Merreikh, Al Hilal and Ahly Shendi were in the same group. The other team was Interclube of Angola.


It was the highlight of the draw held on Monday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Former Cameroon forward Patrick Mboma assisted the draw process conducted by CAF Deputy General Secretary Anthony Baffoe.


Whilst Group A had three teams from the same country, it was a near similar situation in Group B and Group C, with two teams from the same countries.


Tunisian duo Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien are in Group B alongside Enugu Rangers of Nigeria and surprise packets, Salitas, from Burkina Faso.


In Group C, Zambia has two clubs – Nkana and Zesco, with Asante Kotoko (Ghana) and Hilal (Sudan) the other teams. For Kotoko and Hilal, they have old scores to settle after being in the same group for the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.


Five-time African champion Zamalek of Egypt leads the line-up in Group B. The rest are Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, Petro Atletico of Angola and Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey.


Below are the details of the draw;

Group A – Hassania Agadir (Morocco), AS Otoho (Congo), RS Berkane (Morocco), Raja (Morocco)

Group B – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Rangers (Nigeria), Salitas (Burkina Faso), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

Group C – Zesco (Zambia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Asante Kotoko (Ghana), Nkana (Zambia)

Group D – Gor Mahia (Kenya), NA Hussein Dey (Algeria), Petro Atletico (Angola), Zamalek (Egypt)


By The Atlas Lions, Jan 18 2019 08:32PM




By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Former Barcelona player Rivaldo Ferreira has denied signing a contract with the Moroccan football club of Chabab Al Mohammedia.


The renowned Brazilian footballer took to his Instagram to dispel some rumors and thank the president of the football club for sending him a Chabab Mohammedia jersey.


He also expressed gratitude for president’s offer to serve as a coach for Chabab Mohammedia.


“I would like to thank the president of Chabab Mohammedia football club for the jersey and also for the invitation but I am still not a coach, maybe in the future,” he said.


Rivaldo’s post contradicts several announcements the Moroccan club posted on its Facebook page.


Yesterday, the club wrote on its Facebook page that the former footballer is now a “Chababi.”


“We are delighted to announce the signing of the Brazilian legend Rivaldo as the coach of the team starting from the next season,” the post added.


In another post, the club wrote that Rivaldo joined the technical staff of the team.


The posts received several reactions on Facebook from hearts to laughter.


By The Atlas Lions, Jan 18 2019 04:49PM


By Onefootball


Rivaldo is the new manager of Sporting Club Chabab Mohammedia, who play in the Moroccan third division.


This afternoon, the club made the announcement via official Facebook.


“We are pleased to announce the signing of Brazilian legend Rivaldo as the club manager starting from next season,” says the post.


This is the 1999 Ballon d’Or winner’s first-ever managerial position.


Rivaldo is one of the best players in Brazilian history, scoring 35 goals in 74 career caps with the Seleção, winning the 2002 World Cup alongside fellow Ballon d’Or winners Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

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