By Morocco World News -
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has decided to change the location for the upcoming Morocco-Argentina friendly football game.
FRMF announced on Facebook that Tangier’s grand stadium will host the game instead of Rabat for logistical reasons.
The game, which will take place on March 26, is part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which is set to take place in Egypt in June.
In January, FRMF confirmed that the Atlas Lions would face Argentina.
The head coach of the national football team, Herve Renard, expressed excitement on his Instagram.
Renard said that he and his team are preparing for CAN and focusing on “the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi.”
Messi played at the Tangier stadium in August last year when his club Barcelona played Sevilla the Spanish Supercopa championship there, winning 2-1.
Morocco and Argentina previously last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.
(BBC Sport) The Argentina Football Association has confirmed a friendly against Morocco on 26 March in Rabat.
Morocco travel to face Malawi in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier just days before the friendly.
The Atlas Lions have already secured a place at the Nations Cup finals, while Malawi have been eliminated.
Argentina for their part will face fellow South Americans Venezuela in another friendly in Madrid ahead of the Morocco fixture.
The two-time World Cup winners have won both their previous matches, both friendlies, against Morocco.
In 1994 Diego Maradona was among the scorers as the Argentines beat the visiting Moroccans 3-1.
The only other meeting was 10 years later in Casablanca with the South Americans winning 1-0.