It is yet to be unannounced whether Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will play in the friendly Argentina vs. Morocco match next month.
By Morocco World News -
Rabat – President of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia said that he is not questioning Messi’s presence in the friendly game between Morocco and Argentina, which will take place on March 26 in Tangier.
“I have no doubt that he will be there, I know how he feels about this shirt, without talking to him, I know he wants to go back, he never left,” Tapisa said as he was quoted by Spanish media.
There has been speculation that Messi will finish his national team sabbatical for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Goal.com quoted J former Argentina striker Javier Saviola, who said that Messi is still angry and hurt as he did not manage to clinch the World Cup trophy with his national team.
Tapia argued that “football is a collective game, if we think that only one player will win the World Cup, is not right.”
While some Moroccans expressed excitement to attend the friendly match, others expressed their discontent for the alleged amount Morocco would need to pay Messi to attending the match.
Some Moroccans started a boycott campaign on Facebook recently, calling for the match to be suspended and the money to be used to improve the lives of needy people.
Morocco and Argentina last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.
By Morocco World News -
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has decided to change the location for the upcoming Morocco-Argentina friendly football game.
FRMF announced on Facebook that Tangier’s grand stadium will host the game instead of Rabat for logistical reasons.
The game, which will take place on March 26, is part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which is set to take place in Egypt in June.
In January, FRMF confirmed that the Atlas Lions would face Argentina.
The head coach of the national football team, Herve Renard, expressed excitement on his Instagram.
Renard said that he and his team are preparing for CAN and focusing on “the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi.”
Messi played at the Tangier stadium in August last year when his club Barcelona played Sevilla the Spanish Supercopa championship there, winning 2-1.
Morocco and Argentina previously last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.
(Kingfut.com)Morocco’s national team head coach, Herve Renard, discussed the Atlas Lions chances in the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Rumors are circulating that the Frenchman is on the verge of leaving his position with Morocco after his statements concerning the Atlas Lions chances in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Renard stated that the Moroccan national team is not a strong candidate to win the title, claiming, “It seems that my realism is not liked by many people. We should look back at the history and recall Egypt hosting the tournament in 2006. It is very hard for Egypt not to win the title.”
He added, “The Senegalese national team also includes the best individual talents in the content. We also have a very strong team, but Egypt and Senegal will always be the strongest candidates.”
Egypt is set to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations starting from June 21st. This will be the fifth time Egypt will be hosting the AFCON after 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, with the Pharaohs winning three of the four versions.
(BBC Sport) The Argentina Football Association has confirmed a friendly against Morocco on 26 March in Rabat.
Morocco travel to face Malawi in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier just days before the friendly.
The Atlas Lions have already secured a place at the Nations Cup finals, while Malawi have been eliminated.
Argentina for their part will face fellow South Americans Venezuela in another friendly in Madrid ahead of the Morocco fixture.
The two-time World Cup winners have won both their previous matches, both friendlies, against Morocco.
In 1994 Diego Maradona was among the scorers as the Argentines beat the visiting Moroccans 3-1.
The only other meeting was 10 years later in Casablanca with the South Americans winning 1-0.
(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.