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By The Atlas Lions, May 22 2019 09:54PM

(Lusaka Times) Chipolopolo has secured two high profile friendly matches for this June.


Zambia will play both dates away against Morocco and defending AFCON champions Cameroon in the two side’s pre-tournament preparations.


FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the friendly’s will be played during a week-long camp at the invitation of Morocco.


“The Royal Moroccan Football Federation will host the Chipolopolo boys from June 6 – 17 and stage an international friendly match on June 16 against the Herve Renard drilled side,” Kashala said.


“During the same camp, Zambia will face Cameroon on June 9, 2019 in Madrid with another international friendly match against Gambia on the cards set for June 12, 2019.”


The development will see Zambia’s A side assembled for the trip while the home-based team will be away in South Africa to participate in the COSAFA Cup Durban is hosting from May 25 to June 8.


However,FAZ has yet to disclose who will be in charge of the friendly trip with interim coach Aggrey Chiyangi already overseeing COSAFA Cup camp over the last fortnight.

By The Atlas Lions, May 10 2019 04:08PM

(Africanfootball.com) Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has refuted reports that suggested that the Nigeria Football Federation has agreed a friendly match against Morocco.


Recent reports indicated that the two teams are set to lock horns in a pre-Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match on the 9th of June 2019 in France.


This came as a surprise as the Super Eagles are scheduled to face Zimbabwe in a friendly game on June 8 in Asaba, Nigeria.


German tactician Rohr confirmed that they will not be facing the Atlas Lions.


"It was about organizing this friendly match, but unfortunately it cannot be done," said Rohr to Medias 24.


Nigeria are also expected to take on their West African rivals Senegal in another friendly match on the 16th of June 2019.


The Super Eagles will be hoping to clinch their fourth AFCON title in Egypt.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 22 2019 02:52PM

According to Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr, the Nigeria Football Federation are in talks with their Moroccan counterparts over a friendly ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Shortly after the AFCON draw, Rohr revealed that the three-time African champions will face Senegal in a friendly before the start of the tournament in Egypt, and this has been confirmed by Senegalese Football Association President, Augustin Senghor.

Another friendly with West African rivals Ghana had been proposed but the game is unlikely to hold because the Black Stars have chosen to hold a three-week get-together in the United Arab Emirates as part of their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Asked by Medias24 if he would like to face Morocco as part of preparations, Rohr said: ''There is a possibility that we play a friendly match against Morocco before the AFCON, but nothing is decided yet.

''We really like playing against this good team from Morocco. But in March, it was not possible because we already had a scheduled friendly meeting with Egypt at home in Nigeria.''


The Atlas Lions, who are one of the favourites to win the 2019 AFCON, have not met the Super Eagles in an international match since 2004.


https://futaa.com/article/178545/nigeria-football-federation-in-talks-with-morocco-over-friendly-game

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 27 2019 07:24AM

(Xinhua) -- The visiting Argentine national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 in a friendly Tuesday night in the Moroccan city of Tangier.


The sole goal of the game was scored after a brilliant move from Atletico Madrid player Angel Correa at the 83 minute.


Morocco had better ball possession, at 57 percent, but they were unable to convert their possession to goals.


The game was affected by strong winds hitting the Mediterranean city of Tangier.


The match is a part of the two teams' build-up for upcoming competitions in their respective continents. It was the third victory for Argentina against Morocco in friendlies after a 3-1 win in 1994 and a 1-0 victory in 2004.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:15PM

(ESPN) Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco on Tuesday but Barcelona expect him to be fit to face Espanyol after the international break, sources have told ESPN FC.


Messi returned to the Argentina team for the first time since the World Cup as they lost 3-1 to Venezuela in Madrid on Friday, playing the 90 minutes but ending the match with a groin problem.


Argentina confirmed that he would return to Barcelona and would not travel with the squad for the game against Morocco.


But Barcelona sources said they were relaxed about Messi's injury. There will be no further tests when he returns to Catalonia, and he will be fine to feature against Espanyol.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:06PM

by Soka25east.com


Argentina’s miserable Friday night was compounded by the news that Lionel Messi will miss their next game against Morocco and will return to Barcelona after picking up an injury in defeat to Venezuela.


Messi captained the side inside Atletico Madrids’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium and while he played the 90 minutes, it now transpires he collected a pelvic injury which will now see him return to Barcelona to recover.


In a statement released on their website late on Friday, Barcelona wrote: ‘Lionel Messi did not have the return to international action that he would have wanted, and an injury picked up on Friday night means he will miss Argentina’s game against Morocco on Tuesday.


Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona after collecting an injury while representing Argentina


Messi played 90 minutes in Madrid but will play no part in the next game against Morocco


‘The FC Barcelona star captained his side and played the entire 90 minutes of the friendly against Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, but they would lose 1-3.


‘It was his first appearance since the 2018 World Cup quarter final loss against France, which was followed by a short-lived international retirement for Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer.


‘Whilst he would feature from start to finish, a problem with his pubis means that Messi will not play in the second friendly of the international break.’



It is believed the injury is a flare up from a pre-existing problem and all parties are not keen to take a risk on their star man – particularly Barcelona given they have one eye on their upcoming Champions League tie against Manchester United.


Messi showed flashes of brilliance in Madrid but it was Venezuela who impressed with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina’s consolation.


The Barcelona attacker cut a frustrated figure at full-time as his return to the international fold – having taken a sabbatical following Argentina’s World Cup exit last summer – ended in such disappointing fashion.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:06PM

Ahram Online


Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech will not be playing in the Atlas Lions' upcoming games against Malawi and Argentina due to a muscle injury.


The team, who have already qualified for the African Cup of Nations, will face Malawi in a qualifier away on Friday, before meeting Argentina in friendly four days later in Tangier.


The 25-year-old sustained an injury during his side's 1-0 loss to Alkmaar in a Dutch league game on Sunday.


Ziyech has produced many fine displays with Ajax this season, helping his side reach the UEFA Champions league quarterfinals at the expense of defending champions Real Madrid.


He has scored 14 goals and provided 12 in 21 league appearances so far this season.


Reports have said that Premier League club Chelsea are showing interest in the player.


Ziyech, who started his international career in October 2015, has 23 caps and has scored 12 international goals.



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