FINAL SCORE: Morocco 2-3 Zambia!
5 minutes of additional time
Mehdi Bourabia comes in for Mehdi Benatia
83' Oussama Idrissi comes in for En-Nesiry
Mbark Boussoufa booked in the 78' minute
75' Fayçal Fajr comes in for Younes Belhanda
Morocco 2-3 Zambia, goal scored in the 74th minute!
60' Yunis Abdelhamid comes in for Romain Saiss
Hakim Ziyech again levels up the score for Morocco from penalty spot 2-2
Second half changes:
Boussoufa for Boufal and Ait Bennasser for El Ahmadi
Zambia take the lead again, 1-2 vs Morocco
42' Achraf Hakimi booked
Hakim Ziyech levels up the score for Morocco against Zambia 1-1 in the 24th minute.
Zambia take the lead 0-1 against Morocco by Musonda
Match is underway!
Match: Morocco Vs Zambia
Kickoff: 16h30 GMT, 18h30 CET
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Johannesburg (AFP) - Morocco, one of the favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, suffered a surprise 1-0 warm-up match loss in Marrakech Wednesday to non-qualifiers the Gambia.
The unexpected outcome can partly be explained by Morocco coach Herve Renard making numerous substitutions in the first of two friendly fixtures before heading to Egypt for the finals.
Musa Barrow, who plays for Serie A club and 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League qualifiers Atalanta, scored the match-winner on 27 minutes at Stade de Marrakech.
It was the second victory for the lowly ranked Gambians over a Cup of Nations qualifier within six days after they defeated Guinea 1-0 last Friday in the same city.
Morocco are in Group D with fellow former champions the Ivory Coast and South Africa and rank outsiders Namibia.
The group is considered the toughest of the six to qualify from and only the winners and runners-up are guaranteed places in the round-of-16 knockout stage.
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.”
@TheAtlasLions of #Morocco will play these friendlies in #Marrakesh ahead of #AFCON2019:
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(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.
(Africanfootball.com) Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has refuted reports that suggested that the Nigeria Football Federation has agreed a friendly match against Morocco.
Recent reports indicated that the two teams are set to lock horns in a pre-Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match on the 9th of June 2019 in France.
This came as a surprise as the Super Eagles are scheduled to face Zimbabwe in a friendly game on June 8 in Asaba, Nigeria.
German tactician Rohr confirmed that they will not be facing the Atlas Lions.
"It was about organizing this friendly match, but unfortunately it cannot be done," said Rohr to Medias 24.
Nigeria are also expected to take on their West African rivals Senegal in another friendly match on the 16th of June 2019.
The Super Eagles will be hoping to clinch their fourth AFCON title in Egypt.
According to Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr, the Nigeria Football Federation are in talks with their Moroccan counterparts over a friendly ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Shortly after the AFCON draw, Rohr revealed that the three-time African champions will face Senegal in a friendly before the start of the tournament in Egypt, and this has been confirmed by Senegalese Football Association President, Augustin Senghor.
Another friendly with West African rivals Ghana had been proposed but the game is unlikely to hold because the Black Stars have chosen to hold a three-week get-together in the United Arab Emirates as part of their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Asked by Medias24 if he would like to face Morocco as part of preparations, Rohr said: ''There is a possibility that we play a friendly match against Morocco before the AFCON, but nothing is decided yet.
''We really like playing against this good team from Morocco. But in March, it was not possible because we already had a scheduled friendly meeting with Egypt at home in Nigeria.''
The Atlas Lions, who are one of the favourites to win the 2019 AFCON, have not met the Super Eagles in an international match since 2004.
(Xinhua) -- The visiting Argentine national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 in a friendly Tuesday night in the Moroccan city of Tangier.
The sole goal of the game was scored after a brilliant move from Atletico Madrid player Angel Correa at the 83 minute.
Morocco had better ball possession, at 57 percent, but they were unable to convert their possession to goals.
The game was affected by strong winds hitting the Mediterranean city of Tangier.
The match is a part of the two teams' build-up for upcoming competitions in their respective continents. It was the third victory for Argentina against Morocco in friendlies after a 3-1 win in 1994 and a 1-0 victory in 2004.