Saturday 21 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/19/18)
Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Two days after officially submitting Morocco's bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country's readiness and determination to host the game. "The dice has not been cast...Morocco has all the chances," he said. The North African kingdom has pre-selected 12 cities to host the competition and is proposing 14 stadiums. Casablanca, the economic hub of Morocco, and Marrakesh, its tourist capital, will each have two stadiums, while the others will be spread around...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/18)
African giants Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Club Africain of Tunisia -- clubs expected to go far in the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup -- are in trouble after their first matches on Tuesday. Three-time African champions Raja missed a penalty and conceded a late goal to only draw 1-1 at home against Nouadhibou of Mauritania in a last-32 first leg. Club Africain fell 3-1 away to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco and the result was nearly worse for the visitors as they scored two minutes into stoppage time. On a night of upsets, SuperSport United shrugged off disastrous domestic form to force a 0-0 draw at Petro Atletico of Angola, who hit five in their previous CAF home match. Rookies La...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Ayoub el Kaabi scored his ninth goal of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as Morocco became the first hosts to triumph by thrashing 10-man Nigeria 4-0 Sunday in a Casablanca downpour. With Nigeria in disarray and the final long over as a contest, the previously little known striker completed his record-extending goal haul by firing into the net from close range. Zakaria Hadraf put the home team ahead at Stade Mohammed V on the stroke of half-time and added...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/18)
Surprise 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) star Ayoub el Kaabi scored twice as hosts Morocco overcame Libya 3-1 after extra time Wednesday in a Casablanca semi-final thriller. Nigeria won the later semi-final 1-0 over Sudan in Marrakech with Okechukwu Gabriel scoring the only goal in a match where each side had a player red-carded. Eight-goal El Kaabi is the runaway leading scorer in the tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, with his nearest rivals five behind...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/18)
Morocco is "fully mobilised" for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate "for the whole of Africa", top sports officials said Tuesday. The kingdom "is not a non-starter -- it's a real candidate," Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country's 2026 bid committee. "We are going to put in all our energy," he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/18)
Hosts and title favourites Morocco had a penalty saved as they drew 0-0 with Sudan Sunday to top Group A at the African Nations Championship. Morocco and Sudan had already qualified, having won their first two group matches in the biennial competition for local-based footballers. Guinea, who sacked coach Kanfory Lappe Bangoura after being eliminated last Wednesday, came third through a 1-0 win over Mauritania in a match played simultaneously in Marrakech. Morocco coach Jamal Sellami made 10 changes to...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/18)
Hosts and title favourites Morocco ran riot in the second half to defeat neighbours Mauritania 4-0 Saturday in the opening match of the 2018 African Nations Championship. Ayoub el Kaabi broke brave resistance from the Mauritanians on 66 minutes and Ismail el Haddad added a second goal six minutes later at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. El Kaabi bagged a brace 10 minutes from time before being substituted as Morocco made an impressive start in Group A, where Guinea tackle...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency. Riot police were sent out to control a crowd of about 300 people after the final whistle, at one point firing water canon at small groups of stone-throwing revellers. "Unacceptable aggression in the centre of Brussels -- living together means respect, also for the police who are...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/13/17)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers. Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city center as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange. Brussels police said that of...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/17)
FUS Rabat of Morocco proved the nemesis of CS Sfaxien of Tunisia again Friday as they advanced to the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals. Although the Moroccan club suffered a 1-0 second-leg loss in Tunisia, tying the quarter-final aggregate score at 1-1, they won 5-4 on penalties. FUS shocked Sfaxien in the 2010 Confederation Cup final by winning 3-2 in Tunisia after been written off as no-hopers following a goalless first leg. Karim Aouadhi, who netted the lone second-leg goal from...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Morocco has lodged its bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup, the country's football federation said in a statement on Friday. The offer to host the expanded 48-team tournament will compete with a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The North African nation narrowly lost out to South Africa in its offer to stage the 2010 finals. “The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has officially submitted its candidacy on Friday, August 11, 2017 to organize the World...
(APA 08/11/17)
Morocco has formally submitted its application to organize the 2026 World Cup, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Friday. “The FRMF has officially filed its application to the specialized commissions of the International Football Federation (FIFA) to host the World Cup 2026,” the body said in a statement. After four attempts to host the major global football event (1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010), Morocco aspires to be able to clinch the World Cup 2026, the first that will...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
Morocco on Friday launched its bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Morocco's football association (RMFF) said in a statement posted on its website that it submitted its application to host the 2026 World Cup to the world soccer governing body FIFA. This will be Morocco's fifth bid to host the World Cups, after its unsuccessful bids for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions of the tournament. The deadline for a country to express their intention to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Kenya's sports minister Hassan Wario assured the CAF delegation that all five stadiums will be ready at least three months before the competition. The Confederation of African Football has said four out of five Kenyan stadiums fall short of standards for hosting next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) and has given Kenya until June to upgrade them. An inspection team led by CAF vice-president Suketu Patel said a lot of work needs to be done, but insisted Kenya remained on track to host the international tournament, reserved for players featuring in their domestic league competitions.
(AFP (eng) 05/11/17)
A dramatic 95th-minute equaliser from Morocco against Cameroon (1-1) in the Islamic Solidarity Games football tournament in Baku on Thursday left both sides with some regrets. "I am not happy with the result, but I am satisfied with the determination the players showed to pull back level. They were resolute and showed a lot of willpower to get that goal", Morocco coach Jamal Sellami told AFP-Services. With four points, the north Africans moved one step closer to a place in...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Tournament debutants Turkey opened their campaign at the Islamic Solidarity Games handball competition with a well-rounded 27-24 victory over Morocco in Baku on Tuesday. Morocco, who reached the quarter-finals in 2005, were unable to worry the Turks, inspired by high-flying captain Ramazan Done, who finished with eight goals. The game was tightly contested with keepers Alae Laaroussi and Taner Gunay shining at both ends to keep the scoreline low at 12-8 in favour of Turkey at half-time. It took just...
(AFP (eng) 05/08/17)
Defending champions Morocco edged out Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their opening Group A clash at the Azal Arena, as the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games got underway in Baku on Monday. Morocco were by far the better side throughout and Zouheir El Moutaraji wasted a great opportunity early on, while Saudi keeper Habib Alwatyan made several second-half saves. But substitute Chouaib El Maftoul curled in a deserved winner with 14 minutes to play. It was the first action of the fourth...

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