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By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2019 07:54PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Moroccan footballer Soufiane Boufal, who plays with Spanish club Celta Vigo, has been crowned best dribbler in Spain’s La Liga football league for the 2018/2019 season, outperforming Lionel Messi.


With 144 successful dribbles, Celta de Vigo’s Boufal is ahead of Messi (133) and Eibar’s Fabian Orellana (81).


Although Boufal made the most dribbles this year, he only scored three goals and made three assists.


The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris, joined the Celta de Vigo football club in western Spain, on a loan from English club Southampton.


According to a report from Spanish media outlet Faro de Vigo, Celta Vigo is willing to permanently sign Boufal and will have to negotiate a fee of €15 million, as the club agreed with Southampton last summer.


Celta de Vigo is currently in 17th place out of 20 teams in La Liga’s standings.


Boufal made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

By The Atlas Lions, May 23 2019 07:10PM

By Morocco World News


The friendly games are in preparation for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which will take place in June.


Rabat – Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced that the Atlas Lions will play two friendly games with Zambia and Gambia, before the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN).


The games are in preparation for the African competition, which will take place in June in Egypt.


Morocco’s national football team will play the first friendly game against the Gambia on Wednesday, June 12 at the Grand stadium in Marrakech at 5:30 p.m. local time.


The second friendly game against Zambia will also take place on June 16 in Marrakech at 5:30 local time.


FRMF said that the national team will begin training sessions in the national center for football in Sale, Rabat’s twin city starting June 2.


FRMF added that the Atlas Lions will head to Egypt on June 18 to participate in the African tournament, which will start on June 21.


The Moroccan team qualified for the 2019 tournament after a spectacular performance during the qualifier games.



Several football experts are predicting the Atlas Lions to win this year’s title.


In April, Senegalese football legend El Hadji Diouf expressed hope that Senegal would win the tournament, but acknowledged the presence of strong teams, such as Morocco.


“I hope they win the title as there are many other good teams -Egypt will be at the forefront with Morocco and Nigeria.”


The head coach of the Nigerian football team, Gernot Rohr, also placed Morocco among his favorites to win along with Egypt.


The most recent statement came from the manager of Cameroonian football team, Clarence Seedorf, who said that Morocco are one of the favorites to win the CAN otherwise known as AFCON.


“Ending up with the same points as Morocco, who are one of the favorites to win the AFCON, with only two goals difference says a lot about how we performed and prepared for the other games.”

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 22 2019 01:50AM

By Sport Witness Team - 21st May 2019


Sofiane Boufal has said his goodbyes to Celta Vigo after an interesting time with the club.


The Southampton owned player topped the dribbling statistics for much of the season, but end product didn’t often live up to what had happened before it.


He’s certainly been entertaining to watch for Celta fans, if at times frustrating, and now there’s a confusion of whether a stay is remotely possible.


Faro de Vigo report Boufal is still considered a ‘very interesting’ player for Celta in this transfer market, but he’s only a second option. Even then, the Spanish club wouldn’t be looking to pay the €15m option they agreed with Southampton last summer.


El Desmarque sound even more negative, explaining the fee and the player’s wages are ‘far from the possibilities’ of Celta’s finances right now.


They believe Ralph Hasenhüttl will take a serious look at the player in Southampton’s preseason training, and therefore a stay at the Saints isn’t ruled out.

By The Atlas Lions, May 21 2019 07:40PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – The manager of Cameroonian football team, Clarence Seedorf, added himself to the list of renowned football experts who believe that the Moroccan national football team can win the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) title.


In an interview with FIFA, the former footballer said that Morocco are one of the favorites to win the CAN otherwise known as AFCON.


Speaking about his team’s performance during the competition’s qualifier matches, Sedroof said that “Ending up with the same points as Morocco, who are one of the favourites to win the AFCON, with only two goals difference says a lot about how we performed and prepared for the other games.”


Several other renowned footballers and coaches have also said that the Moroccan national football team is one of their favorites to win the 2019 CAN.


In April, Senegalese football legend El Hadji Diouf said: “I hope they win the title as there are many other good teams -Egypt will be at the forefront with Morocco and Nigeria.”


The head coach of the Nigerian football team, Gernot Rohr, t placed Morocco is among his favorites to win along with Egypt.


“According to the last FIFA ranking, Morocco is currently the best in Africa, while Egypt will play at home and enjoy the support of their fans, and for this reason, both teams are the closest to the title,” he said.


The flagship tournament will be held in June 2019 in Egypt.


Head coach of Moroccan national football team Herve Renard has expressed confidence on his team for CAN.


“To win, you must stay focused and prepare for the competition to the fullest of your potential,” said Renard.

By The Atlas Lions, May 21 2019 06:33PM



Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Ronwen Williams (Supersport), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).


Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Innocent Maela (Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City ).


Midfielder: Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Downs), Dean Furman (SS), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Tiyani Mabunda (Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Themba Zwane (Downs), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg), Ben Motshwari (Pirates), Keagan Dolly


Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Downs), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Downs), Kermit Erasmus (CT City)

By The Atlas Lions, May 20 2019 02:53PM

By Morocco World News


Rabat – Morocco’s football club RS Berkane (RSB) won the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final by defeating Egyptian club Zamalek SC (1-0) on Sunday, May 19, at Stade Municipal in Berkane.


Throughout the match, the Moroccan club fought hard to score against the Egyptian team, but luck and Zamalek’s goalkeeper thwarted their efforts.


In the 14th minute of play, RSB’s defender, Omar Nemssaoui, kicked the ball into the goal area and the kick was converted into a header but the ball hit the pole. The same play was repeated in the 41st minute when RSB’s forwarder Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba’s kick hit the pole.


RSB outperformed their Egyptian opponent and kept the pressure on throughout the second half.


Despite excellent play from RSB, Zamalek nearly managed to score in the 56th minute. The Moroccan team were saved by the skills of goalkeeper, Ali Mhamdi, who blocked the goal.


Zamalek became complacent with both teams at zero, but the Moroccan team pushed through and scored a dramatic goal in the final minutes.


In the 4th minute of the additional time, RSB’s Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba was finally able to put the ball in the opponent’s net, making himself the top scorer in the CAF Cup with 8 goals.


The second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. (GMT)

By The Atlas Lions, May 20 2019 02:22PM


By Morocco World News


Moroccan international footballer Abderrazak Hamdallah has won the Golden Shoe Award and the title of the best scorer of the Saudi Football Championship during the 2018-2019 season. The player has made history by topping the charts of Saudi Football as the top goal scorer ever recorded.


The footballer was given the award during a ceremony held on Saturday in Riyadh by the League of Saudi Championship.


The footballer expressed pride over winning the award, emphasizing his determination to continue his achievements in his football career.


Following his astonishing performance, the footballer is now the top scorer of the Saudi football championship with 34 goals.


The footballer tweeted several photos of the ceremony, with captions to express his excitement over the win.


“Thanks God, I won two prestigious prizes; the best scorer in the Saudi league and the best player in the league,” said the footballer.


He also dedicated his tweet to thank his fans and his city, Safi, a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.


Hamdallah’s secured the awards after helping his Saudi football club Al Nassr to win the t Saudi football championship on Thursday, after beating Al Batin 2-1.


Hamdallah scored both goals for his team.


The 28-year-old footballer joined Al-Nassr football club in 2018.


It is remained to be seen whether Head Coach of Morocco’s National Football Team Herve Renard would summon Hamdallah for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) after a small rift between them.


Renard had summoned Hamdallah to play with Morocco in March.


The BBC said that the footballer could not accept Renard’s invitation for family reasons.


Renard has commented on Hamdallah’s decision, saying that he spoke to him on the phone.


“He declined for reasons you know, I had 33 other players to manage, so I turned the page.”


Hamdallah made his debut with the Atlas Lions in a friendly against Burkina Faso in February 2012.


He also played for Morocco’s under-23 football team and the national football team.



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