Tag: Morroco

The Confederation of African Football will decide new hosts for CHAN on Saturday

The Confederation of African Football will decide new hosts for CHAN on Saturday

African Sports
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will decide the new hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Saturday. Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia all bid to replace Kenya who had their right to host withdrawn by Caf due lack of preparations. The international tournament for locally-based players only is due to kick off in January. The choice will be made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting. Caf had originally said a decision may have come as early as the weekend of 07-08 October. During a meeting of the Africa Cup of Nations organizing committee on Wednesday meanwhile, Caf president Ahmad reaffirmed that Cameroon are still set to host the 2019 finals. "At no time had any consideration been given to revisiting decisions already taken in...
Morocco tables bid for 2018 CHAN hosting rights

Morocco tables bid for 2018 CHAN hosting rights

African Sports
Morocco have reportedly moved into pole position to take over from Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the regional tournament for domestically based players. “The kingdom has all the necessary infrastructure for this event which requires no more than four stadiums,” a source close to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) was quoted as saying shortly after Kenya was stripped of hosting rights by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). South Africa and Ivory Coast are also apparently on standby but Morocco has considerable clout within CAF circles. Moroccan Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa is a member of the CAF inner circle and was a strong supporter of new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad. Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Equa
Morocco thrash Mali as Tunisia and Cape Verde also win

Morocco thrash Mali as Tunisia and Cape Verde also win

African Sports
Morocco overwhelmed Mali 6-0 in Rabat on Friday night as the 2018 World Cup qualifiers continued across Africa. The victory put Herve Renard's side top of Group C, one point above Ivory Coast who play in Gabon on Saturday. Elsewhere on Friday night, Tunisia defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 to move three points clear at the top of Group A, and there was a shock for South Africa as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Cape Verde in Praia. Dutch-born Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech marked his return to the Atlas Lions side with two goals as they went to the top of Group C with a 6-0 home win over Mali in Rabat. Ziyech had previously fallen out with Morocco coach Herve Renard, but the two met in July and reconciled. Ziyech put Morocco ahead from the penalty spot in th...
Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

Holders DR Congo knocked out of CHAN

African Sports
The African Nations Championship (CHAN) holders, the Democratic Republic of Congo, failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Kenya following a shock elimination by Congo Brazzaville. DR Congo could only draw 1-1 with their rivals in Kinshasa, having drawn the first leg of their qualifier 0-0. It put Congo Brazzaville through on the away-goals ruling. Also on Saturday, Zambia knocked out South Africa with a 2-0 win in Ndola to progress 4-2 on aggregate. In other results on Saturday, Uganda progressed 3-2 overall despite a 2-0 defeat in Rwanda, and Nigeria overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit against Benin to qualify 2-1 overall thanks to a 2-0 win at home in their second leg. On Friday,Morroco and Libya knocked out Egypt and Algeria respectively as they booked their places at Ke...
2026 World Cup Morocco confirms it will bid

2026 World Cup Morocco confirms it will bid

African Sports
The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The deadline for countries to express their intention to bid to host the tournament is Friday, at which point Fifa will confirm the bidders. The United States, Canada and Mexico announced in April that they intend to put forward a joint bid. The World Cup has only been hosted once in Africa - in South Africa in 2010 - and this will be Morocco's fifth bid. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) gave its backing to a Moroccan bid in July. A total of 48 teams, rather than the current 32, will compete at an expanded tournament in 2026 after changes announced by Fifa earlier this year. The decision on who will host event will be made in 2020. Fifa's rotational hosting policy mean...
African Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams

African Cup of Nations expanded to 24 teams

African Sports
The African Cup of Nations will be contested by 24 teams when the next tournament takes place in 2019, says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf's executive committee rubber-stamped the proposal on Thursday at a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa's flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996. A decision on whether the finals will be moved from January and February to June and July is still awaited. The expansion of the tournament could create problems for Cameroon, which will host the next finals, with the Central African nation's sports minister having to deny reports that preparations were behind schedule this week. The move follows a two-day symposium organised by Caf president Ahmad to discuss the state of African football. Further ...
Michel Dussuyer resigns as Ivory Coast manager

Michel Dussuyer resigns as Ivory Coast manager

Local News
Head Coach of the Ivorian National team Michel Dussuyer has left his job following his team's early elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Elephants were knocked out of this year's tournament after losing 1 - 0 to Morocco. The Frenchman's decision to resign after 18 months in the job was announced by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). The Elephants failed to register a win in Gabon, after draws with Togo and DR Congo and the defeat to the Moroccans. The federation's statement praised Dussuyer's "professionalism, commitment and human quality", adding that "the appropriate measures will be put in place to find his successor".
Ghana to play DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday

Ghana to play DR Congo in Oyem on Sunday

Local News
The Ghana Senior men team Black Stars will play  it African Cup of Nations quarter final game on Sunday against DR Congo. The Black Stars will travel to Oyem a city in Gabon to face the Congolese side who topped Group C with 7 points. Ghana finished second behind Egypt after losing 1-0 to the Pharaohs in their last Group D game. DR Congo recorded two wins against Morocco and Togo and drew 2-2 with defending champions Ivory Coast whereas Ghana by lone goals against Uganda and Mali before falling to Egypt in their last game. The last time the two sides met at the Nations cup tournaments was in 2013 where they settled for a 2-2 draw scoreline. The winner of the tie will play the winner in the Senegal, Cameroon clash.
DR Congo players boycott training over bonus

DR Congo players boycott training over bonus

African Sports
The DR Congo squad on Friday boycott their training session, just three days before their opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations. The players boycott the session over reduced bonus payments for the finals in Gabon as well as payments owed from 2015. "This has been happening for years and years. We always prepare well but there is always a problem with bonuses," said Norwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu. DR Congo are scheduled to play Morocco on Monday in their first Group C match. The Leopards reached the semi-final at the Nations Cup two years ago in Equatorial Guinea and finished in third place. But the players insist they have yet to receive their financial rewards for the achievement. DR Congo's sports minister Willy Bakonga has led a delegation of 100 official
Younes Belhanda ruled out of AFCON

Younes Belhanda ruled out of AFCON

International News
A toe injury means Nice's Younes Belhanda is set to miss Morocco's campaign at January's Africa Cup of Nations. The 26-year-old midfielder has been ruled out for between four and six weeks by top-of-the-table Nice. He was injured on Wednesday in Nice's goalless draw at Bordeaux. His absence might mean a call-up for Ajax Amsterdam's Hakim Ziyech, who was surprisingly left out of Morocco's preliminary squad. Originally coach Herve Renard said he had no place for the 23-year-old in his list of 26 because Belhanda and Mbarak Boussoufa were his first choices as playmakers. "To play behind the striker, I already have Belhanda and Boussoufa, who are on form and playing in clubs who are leaders of their championship," he said. "At some point, you have to make choices." "I