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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 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.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 11 2019 09:55PM

(Africanfootball.com) Wydad Casablanca secured a 5-2 victory over ASEC Mimosas in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group A match at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco on Friday.


The win saw the Moroccan outfit topple Guinean side Horoya atop the Group A standings after brushing aside the Ivorian giants.


The hosts pushed for an early goal and they managed to find the back of the net through Ismail El Haddad 16 minutes into the match.


The 28-year-old striker beat Mimosas goalkeeper Mamadou Sylla to make it 1-0 to Wydad with Walid El Karti grabbing an assist.


The Black and Yellows had to find the equalizing goal with Burkina Faso striker Abdoul Tapsoba leading their attack.


Parity was restored on the stroke of half-time and Tapsoba was involved as he grabbed an assist with Wonlo Coulibaly scoring to make it 1-1.


The score was 1-1 between Wydad and Mimosas at the interval.


A second-half which was dominated by Wydad Al-Ouma followed as they restored their lead three minutes after the restart.


Michael Babatunde was the man, who hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 to Wydad much to the light of the home crowd.


It was soon 3-1 to Wydad when second-half substitute Zouheir El-Moutaraji beat Sylla four minutes before hour-mark.


The momentum was with the hosts and they grabbed two late goals through El Karti and Aouk Badi to make it 5-1 to Wydad.


However, the visitors managed to grab a late consolation goal through Salif Bagate to make it 5-2 with five minutes left on the clock.


Nevertheless, Wydad ran out 5-2 winners over Mimosas following an enthralling encounter.


Wydad (1) 5 (El Haddad 16', Babatunde 48', El-Moutaraji 56', El Karti 70', Badi 80')

Mimosas (1) 2 (Coulibaly 44', Bagate 85')


Wydad: Tagnaouti, Dari, Comara, Noussir, Nahiri, El Karti, Saidi, Babatunde (Bade 75'), Nakach, El Haddad (El-Moutaraji 51'), Ounajem.


Mimosa: Sylla, Koanda, Coulibaly (Sako 81'), Malo, Outtara, Diomande, Ndao, Gonazo (Toure 86'), Sanogo, Tapsoba (Yao 57'), Bagate.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 10 2019 01:17PM

(Morocco World News) After four decades without senior continental glory, is Morocco’s national squad finally ready to claim continental dominance at the Africa Cup of Nations?


Rabat – Moroccan football is “ambitious” and now has the squad it has been asking for for years.


The upbeat assessment came from an equally upbeat Fouzi Lekjaa, president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. Lekjaa was speaking to Moroccan Radio Mars just hours after winning the title of the best African football federation president.


In the radio interview, Lekjaa laid out Morocco’s ambitions as its Atlas Lions grow in confidence and beauty.


Despite early elimination at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Morocco’s national team won plaudits for the quality of their game, especially the attacking philosophy they have been displaying under the guidance of coach Herve Renard.


Based on the team’s World Cup quality and recent displays in the CAN qualifiers, Lekjaa argued, “it would be natural if Morocco won this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).”


Despite being generally voted among Africa’s best football teams, the Atlas Lions’ history is still wanting. The country only has one continental crown to its name.


Morocco won the 10th CAN in 1976 in Ethiopia. The closest the country came to reliving that 1976 glory was in 2004, when hosts Tunisia beat Morocco 2-1 in the final. Since then, continental glory has eluded Morocco’s team, with the squad struggling to even reach the semi-final stages.


While Moroccan clubs—mainly Wydad and Raja—have been performing well at the continental level, it will take a CAN victory to usher Morocco into a position of continental prominence in football.


For Lekjaa, the current quality suggests that Renard and his renaissance boys can right decades of trophy drought. He suggested that Morocco’s “ambition to win is legitimate given the quality of their game.”


CAN 2019 will be held in Egypt from June 15 to July 13. The continental showpiece will this year count 24 teams, up from 16 in past tournaments.



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