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Moroccan Football Player Zakaria Labyad Ends Season Due to Injury

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Moroccan Football Player Zakaria Labyad Ends Season Due to Injury

Morocco’s Zakaria Labyad, playing football for Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam, will not be able to resume training until mid-2020, at the earliest, due to a knee injury. Ajax’s coach, Erik Ten Hag, made the announcement on Sunday, December 1, following his team’s win 5-2 against Twente in the local league. “Labyad won’t play again neither in 2019 nor…

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OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS AND FUS RABAT SPORT SIGN PARTNERSHIP DEAL

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OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS AND    FUS RABAT SPORT SIGN PARTNERSHIP DEAL

Olympique Lyonnais and Fath Union Sport have formalized Friday, November 22, 2019, a partnership between their academies for three seasons. FUS Rabat and Lyon signed the three-year partnership deal, aimed at promoting youth development. The French giants have one of the most decorated academies in world football and look to share their expertise with the…

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Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi on African Player of the Year shortlist

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Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi on African Player of the Year shortlist

Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi has been rewarded for some outstanding performances with a nomination for the 2019 CAF African Player of the Year award. The Real Madrid-owned Morocco international enjoyed a strong first season in the Bundesliga in 2018/19, and he has enhanced his reputation further this term by scoring four goals in the…

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Morocco’s Abderrazak Hamdallah retires from internationals

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Morocco’s Abderrazak Hamdallah retires from internationals

Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 28. Hamdallah made the announcement on social media while on holiday in the United States simply saying: “Hello. I decided to retire internationally.” He did not explain his decision further but it comes after he was not called up to…

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Morocco becomes first African country to use VAR in domestic match

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Morocco becomes first African country to use VAR in domestic match

History has been made in Morocco where the Video Assistant Referee technology (VAR) has been used in an African domestic match for the first time. Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed VAR would make its debut in the local Cup semi-finals on Saturday which would be “the first time in Africa that the VAR technology is going…

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Two Nigerian, Moroccan and Egyptian sides advance in Confederation Cup

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Two Nigerian, Moroccan and Egyptian sides advance in Confederation Cup

Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt will all have two clubs in the draw for the group stage of the Confederation Cup on 10 November. Nigeria’s Enyimba beat South Africa against second-tier side TS Galaxy 4-1 on aggregate, while Enugu Rangers edged past Togo’s ASC Kara on away goals. The Egyptian duo of Al Masry and Pyramids…

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Atlas Lions Coach Evaluates 40 Local Players for National Football Team

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Atlas Lions Coach Evaluates 40 Local Players for National Football Team

The coach of Morocco’s national football team, Vahid Halilhodzic, plans to restructure the team and is considering enlisting more local Moroccan players. Halilhodzic made the comments at a press conference in Tangier on Monday, October 14, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), before Tuesday’s friendly against Gabon. “I do not know enough the level and skills…

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Malcuit rejects Morocco again

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Malcuit rejects Morocco again

Napoli full-back Kevin Malcuit has rejected a second call-up from Morocco as he is holding out for France. Malcuit remains uncapped at international level and had received a Moroccan call for their upcoming matches with Libya and Gabon. It was first thought that he had pledged his allegiance to the North African nation. However, France Football…

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“Achraf Hakimi is a weapon for us” – Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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“Achraf Hakimi is a weapon for us” – Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus was as surprised as anyone to see Achraf Hakimi start on the left wing for BVB in their UEFA Champions League group stage game against Slavia Prague. The result of which, however, came as no surprise. The 20-year-old has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s best full-backs since joining Dortmund on loan from…

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Moroccan Benatia announces international retirement

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Moroccan Benatia announces international retirement

Morocco captain Medhi Benatia has announced his international retirement, joining the two other Atlas Lions, M’Bark Boussoufa and Karim Al Ahmadi, who have already decided to put an end to their international career after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Al Duhail player had already posted a story on his instagram account in which…

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