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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.



By The Atlas Lions, Dec 18 2018 02:56PM


by Soka25east.com


FIFA President Gianni Infantino will visit Morocco in January 2019 to take part in the session of a selection of FIFA Member federations in Marrakech.


During the symposium, Infantino will review the possible World Cup W bid of Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.


Spain proposed the bid during the visit of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Morocco in November.


In a press conference with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, Sanchez said that the bid would unite the peoples from two continents. “We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” said Sanchez.


Morocco, however, has not officially decided whether it will submit a solo or a joint bid with the European countries.


According to Spanish sports news outlet AS, the FIFA committee will discuss the “so-called continental rotation law to boost the Ibero-Moroccan candidacy to [host] the 2030 World Cup.”


The committee will also discuss the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Qatar.Infantino already announced that he prefers joint bids for the World Cup after the North American United 2026 World Cup bid defeated Morocco’s bid in June.


While Spain is hoping for a joint bid with Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, Portugal said it has not received an official proposal from Spain.


Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that the proposal is “an uncertain idea that has never been officially put to us, and when it is we naturally have to study it.”


A World Cup held on two different continents is also not a preference for the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin.


Earlier this month, Ceferin said he is not “in favor of cross-confederation bids.”


“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said UEFA president.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 17 2018 07:17AM

CAF Confederation Cup trophy-holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco began their title defence by thrashing visiting Cercle Mberi Sportif of Gabon 5-0 Sunday in a round-of-32 first leg.


All the goals came during the second half with captain Badr Benoun temporarily abandoning his centre-back duties to trigger the rout with a 52nd-minute goal at the Stade Mohamed V.



Mahmoud Benhalib, leading scorer in the second-tier African club competition last season with 12 goals, netted soon after and Abderrahim Achchakir converted a penalty on 68 minutes.



With the two-leg tie slipping from their grasp, the Gabonese collapsed in the closing stages and Ben Soumahoro conceded an own-goal before Ugandan Muhammad Shaban completed the rout.



The clubs meet again this Saturday in Libreville and the only issue to be resolved would appear to be how many goals Raja will win by on aggregate.



Raja were the second biggest round-of-32 first leg winners after Zamalek of Egypt, who humiliated ASCOT of Chad 7-0 in Cairo Saturday.



Record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien, fellow Tunisians Etoile Sahel, Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa, Renaissance Berkane of Morocco and KCCA of Uganda built three-goal leads.


The African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League has been dominated by clubs from the north of the continent, who have won 10 of the 15 finals.




AFP

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