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Exclusive: Lekjaa talks on CAF’s cash, contracts and FIFA relations

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Exclusive: Lekjaa talks on CAF’s cash, contracts and FIFA relations

By Osasu Obayiuwana Fouzi Lekjaa, the 49-year-old Director of National Budget in Morocco’s Ministry of Finance, wears a few important football hats. He’s President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and second Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), as well as being the Chairman of CAF’s Finance Committee. In an exclusive interview Lekjaa…

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Wydad Casablanca: Sebastien Desabre appointed as club’s new head coach

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Wydad Casablanca: Sebastien Desabre appointed as club’s new head coach

The Moroccan champions, Wydad Casablanca, have appointed Frenchman Sebastien Desabre as the club’s new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The former Uganda national coach replaces Serbian Zoran Manojlovic who parted company with Wydad by mutual consent earlier this month. Desabre, who has been seen in the stands at Wydad’s Mohammed V Stadium at recent…

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Morocco’s Abderrazak Hamdallah is the world’s top scorer for 2019

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Morocco’s Abderrazak Hamdallah is the world’s top scorer for 2019

Moroccan forward Abderrazak Hamdallah has become the top scorer of 2019, ending the year with 57 goals in all competitions. Hamdallah, who plays for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, scored a hat-trick on Saturday against Al Feiha to surpass Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski who scored 54 goals – and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (50…

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Life ban for penalty pointing Moroccan referee

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Life ban for penalty pointing Moroccan referee

 A Moroccan referee has been banned for life for awarding four highly questionable penalties, three of them for the same team, in a domestic league match. Hicham Tiazi, 44 (pictured),was kicked out following “gross errors” of arbitration that “affected the outcome of the match” between Olympique Khouribga and Youssoufia de Berrechid, according to the Moroccan…

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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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