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Wydad set to stretch Moroccan winning run as VAR debuts

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Wydad Casablanca should continue a run of Moroccan successes Saturday by lifting the CAF Super Cup, the first match in Africa to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The Casablanca club won the CAF Champions League last November, the same month that the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco’s Casablanca.

“We organise ourselves among the different nationalities,” said Djabel Niang, 21, who left Senegal two years ago to pursue his dream of crossing the Mediterranean and playing for Real Madrid.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco’s Casablanca.

“We organise ourselves among the different nationalities,” said Djabel Niang, 21, who left Senegal two years ago to pursue his dream of crossing the Mediterranean and playing for Real Madrid.

El Kaabi hits ninth goal as Morocco whip Nigeria

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – 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 match long over as a contest, the previously little known striker completed his record-extending goal haul by firing into the net from close range.

CHAN surprise side Sudan finish third again

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Marrakech (Morocco) (AFP) – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.

But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise.

CHAN surprise side Sudan finish third again

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Marrakech (Morocco) (AFP) – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.

But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise.

Morocco’s El Kaabi wants to crown goal rush with CHAN title

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Ayoub el Kaabi hopes to complete a meteoric rise from lower league to international football by helping hosts Morocco defeat Nigeria Sunday in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final.

Few outside the north African kingdom had heard of the 24-year-old striker before the mid January kick-off of the biennial tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.

Morocco’s El Kaabi wants to crown goal rush with CHAN title

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Ayoub el Kaabi hopes to complete a meteoric rise from lower league to international football by helping hosts Morocco defeat Nigeria Sunday in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final.

Few outside the north African kingdom had heard of the 24-year-old striker before the mid January kick-off of the biennial tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Video Assistant Referee debuts as local African talent goes on show

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Rabat (AFP) – Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will debut in Africa midway through the Nations Championship (CHAN), which kicks off Saturday with hosts Morocco among the title favourites.

The system allows off-field match officials to assist referees in “game-changing” situations such as goals, penalty kicks, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

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Lausanne (AFP) – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.

That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022.

Nigeria to face former CHAN champions Libya

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday.

The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4.

Nigeria to face former CHAN champions Libya

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Nigeria were grouped with former title-holders Libya, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) draw was made in Rabat Friday.

The Nigerians are making a third consecutive appearance in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, which Morocco will stage between January 12 and February 4.

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

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Johannesburg (AFP) – North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C.

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

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Johannesburg (AFP) – North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C.

Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

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Abidjan (AFP) – Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.

The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.

However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

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Abidjan (AFP) – Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.

The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.

However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Morocco to bid for 2026 World Cup – Federation

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Rabat (AFP) – Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.

Alves urges ‘friend’ Neymar to show courage

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Veteran Brazil international full-back Dani Alves said he is hopeful superstar Neymar will join him at Paris Saint Germain but insisted he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.

The two were team-mates at Barca from Neymar’s arrival in 2013 until Alves left to join Juventus a year ago.

Alves urges ‘friend’ Neymar to show courage

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Veteran Brazil international full-back Dani Alves said he is hopeful superstar Neymar will join him at Paris Saint Germain but insisted he isn’t using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward’s decision.

The two were team-mates at Barca from Neymar’s arrival in 2013 until Alves left to join Juventus a year ago.

Alves on target as PSG win Champions Trophy

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – New Brazilian recruit Dani Alves powered Paris Saint-Germain to their first title of the season beating Monaco 2-1 in the Champions Trophy final on Saturday.

It was a fifth straight trophy for the Parisians in the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season to put them level with Lyon’s record of seven titles.

Neymar talk to one side as PSG, Monaco clash

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Neymar will not be there but Kylian Mbappe will be as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season, in Morocco on Saturday evening.

They have been the two biggest transfer sagas of the summer in Europe, with PSG ready to break the bank for Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar while Monaco try to resist interest in their teen sensation Mbappe.

Neymar talk to one side as football clubs PSG, Monaco clash

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Neymar will not be there but Kylian Mbappe will be as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season, in Morocco on Saturday evening.

They have been the two biggest transfer sagas of the summer in Europe, with PSG ready to break the bank for Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar while Monaco try to resist interest in their teen sensation Mbappe.

Neymar talk to one side as football clubs PSG, Monaco clash

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Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Neymar will not be there but Kylian Mbappe will be as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French season, in Morocco on Saturday evening.

They have been the two biggest transfer sagas of the summer in Europe, with PSG ready to break the bank for Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar while Monaco try to resist interest in their teen sensation Mbappe.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Renard proud of Morocco in defeat

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard said his team had been "exceptional" at the Africa Cup of Nations despite exiting the competition in the quarter-finals to Egypt on Sunday.

In their first appearance in the knockout phase of the tournament since 2004, Morocco lost 1-0 in Port-Gentil after conceding the decisive goal with just two minutes left.

Egypt beat Morocco to end Renard dream, make Cup of Nations semis

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Mahmoud Kahraba scrambled in the winner in the 88th minute as Egypt beat Herve Renard's Morocco 1-0 on Sunday to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

A tense last-eight tie in Port-Gentil seemed destined for extra time until Kahraba, on as a substitute, poked the ball over the line after the Moroccan defence had failed to cut out a corner.

Egypt beat Morocco to end Renard dream, make semis

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Mahmoud Kahraba scrambled in the winner in the 88th minute as Egypt beat Herve Renard's Morocco 1-0 on Sunday to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

A tense last-eight tie in Port-Gentil seemed destined for extra time until Kahraba, on as a substitute, poked the ball over the line after the Moroccan defence had failed to cut out a corner.

Morocco must grasp Cup of Nations chance – Renard

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard has called on his side to "seize the opportunity" at the Africa Cup of Nations after fulfilling their initial objective of reaching the quarter-finals.

"It is already a privilege to be in the last eight but now we need to be much more ambitious than that," Renard told reporters ahead of Sunday's meeting with Egypt in Port-Gentil, Gabon.

Morocco must grasp Cup of Nations chance – Renard

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard has called on his side to "seize the opportunity" at the Africa Cup of Nations after fulfilling their initial objective of reaching the quarter-finals.

"It is already a privilege to be in the last eight but now we need to be much more ambitious than that," Renard told reporters ahead of Sunday's meeting with Egypt in Port-Gentil, Gabon.

Renard-led Morocco knock holders I. Coast out

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Title-holders the Ivory Coast were dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations Tuesday after a superb Rachid Alioui goal gave Herve Renard-coached Morocco a 1-0 win in Gabon.

Clinching a quarter-finals place was particularly sweet for Frenchman Renard, the coach of the Ivorians when they won the biennial tournament two years ago.

Ivory Coast set for Renard showdown after DR Congo draw

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday.

The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals.

Ivory Coast set for Renard showdown after DR Congo draw

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday.

The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals.

Morocco battle back to beat Togo at Cup of Nations

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Herve Renard's Morocco came roaring back from behind to beat Togo 3-1 in Oyem on Friday and breathe life into their Africa Cup of Nations bid.

In front of a sparse crowd, Mathieu Dossevi had given Togo an early lead in northern Gabon, but goals from Aziz Bouhaddouz and Romain Saiss had the Atlas Lions in front before the midway point in the first half.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Blames ‘Cursed Orange Juice’ For Gabon’s World Cup Qualification Failure

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Those of you playing World Cup qualification failure bingo have already seen 'inferior genetics' plucked out of the ether and now, thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, you can also go ahead and put a big inky cross through 'cursed orange juice' as well.

Gabon had their fate sealed after slumping to a 3-0 defeat against Morocco over the weekend, with Aubameyang subsequently speculating that a batch of tainted orange juice provided by their hosts before the match had left "half the team and the staff" suffering with stomach pains.

Morocco officially submit 2026 World Cup bid

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August 11 was the deadline for any competing bids to arrive at FIFA for 2026 World Cup hosting rights, and one country has decided to throw their hat in the ring against a unified North America.

Early on Friday morning, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation officially submitted their bid to FIFA in competition with the joint U.

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Morocco 2017 African Cup of Nations adidas Kits

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Morocco will meet Egypt in the quarter-finals of Africa Cup of Nations 2017 in Port-Gentil, Gabon on Sunday. The Atlas Lions have a three kit match range fromFédération royale marocaine de football technical partner adidas for the tournament. They will also be worn over the course of the next year as Morocco looks to qualify [.

Morocco hoping to dump Ivory Coast out of Africa Cup of Nations

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Having guided the Ivory Coast to glory at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Herve Renard is now hoping to end his former side's defence of the trophy when they face his Morocco team on Tuesday.

The script could not have been better written, with Renard's Morocco and the Elephants clashing in a winner takes all final Group C showdown in the northern Gabonese town of Oyem, kicking off at 2000 local time (1900 GMT).

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Sepp Blatter endorses Morocco's bid to host 2026 World Cup

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spoken up about the 2026 World Cup.

Blatter, who is serving a ban from all football related activities for various counts of bribery, endorsed Morocco's efforts to host the first 48 team World Cup in 2026 on his personal Twitter account on Thursday, saying "it is time for Africa again!