Wednesday 17 April 2024

Arab Futsal Cup: Morocco Edges Mauritania (13-0), Qualifies for Quarterfinals

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The Moroccan national futsal team has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Arab Futsal Cup after its big victory, Wednesday in Dammam in Saudi Arabia, against its Mauritanian peer (13-0), as part of the third and last game of the group stages.

The first half of the match was won by the national team (6-0). This victory allowed Morocco to take the lead in its group, which also includes Kuwait and Somalia.

In the same group, Kuwait will face Somalia, and the result of this match will determine which team will accompany the Moroccan team to the next round.

Morocco is the defending champion of the Arab Cup, whose last edition was held in Egypt.

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The national futsal team advanced to the semi-final of the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations after trashing Ghana 13-0, on Monday at the Palais des Sports hall in Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex, on the 3rd day of the 2024 AFCON, which runs until April 21 in Morocco.

   The Atlas lions’ goals were scored by Bilal Bakkali (2), Soufian Charraoui (2), Anas El Ayyane (2), Soufiane El Mesrar (1), Ismail Amazal (1), Idriss El Fenni (1), Othmane Elidrissi (1), Anas Dahani (1), Youssef Jouad (1) and Jackson Siwmawami (OG).

   Thanks to this victory, the Moroccan team tops Group A with nine points from three wins against Angola, Ghana and Zambia.

   The eight teams qualifying for this year’s tournament have been divided into two groups. Group A includes two-time defending champions Morocco, Angola, Ghana and Zambia, while Group B comprises Egypt, Libya, Namibia and Mauritania.

   The top three teams in this African competition will book their places at the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Uzbekistan from September 14 to October 6.

The national futsal team dominated its Ghanaian counterpart by 8 goals to 3 on Saturday at the Palais des Sports hall in Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex, on the 2nd day of Group A of the Futsal Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which runs until April 21 in Morocco.

Morocco tops Group A with six points from two wins over Angola and Ghana.

The eight teams qualifying for this year’s tournament have been divided into two groups. Group A includes two-time defending champions Morocco, Angola, Ghana and Zambia, while Group B comprises Egypt, Libya, Namibia and Mauritania.

The top three teams in this African competition will book their places at the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan from September 14 to October 6.

Morocco’s futsal team beat Angola 5-2 on Thursday at the Sports Hall of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat, on the 1st day of Group A of the Futsal African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which runs until April 21 in Morocco.

In the other match in the group, Zambia won Ghana (5-2) earlier in the day.

The eight teams qualified for this edition of the Futsal AFCON have been divided into two groups. Group A includes two-time champions Morocco, Angola, Ghana and Zambia, while Group B comprises Egypt, Libya, Namibia and Mauritania.

The top three teams in this African competition will book their places at the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Uzbekistan from September 14 to October 6.

Thanks to its performances, Morocco is still the pride of Africa, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, said on Wednesday.

“We all know how proud Morocco made us and Africa during the Qatar World Cup. I am perfectly sure that Morocco will continue in the same vein to make us even prouder,” said Motsepe on his arrival at Rabat-Salé airport, to attend the opening of the Futsal African Cup of Nations (Morocco-2024).

The CAF chief also thanked the Kingdom for hosting this Futsal AFCON, adding that “there are times when Morocco remains the only country capable of organizing some African competitions.”

The official also pointed out that several African countries, whose stadiums do not meet the required standards, play their matches in Morocco.

He also mentioned that he had visited a stadium in Sao Tomé, built with the contribution of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, expressing his thanks to HM King Mohammed VI for his efforts to promote football in Africa.

The 2024 CAF Futsal AFCON will be held on April 11-21 at the Ibn Yassine Hall and the Sports Hall at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat.

Morocco will compete in Group A alongside Angola, Ghana and Zambia, while Group B includes Egypt, Libya, Namibia and Mauritania.

Morocco, who also hosted the previous edition of the CAF Futsal AFCON in 2020, are two-time defending champions.

  To date, the Moroccan futsal team maintains its 8th position in futsal world ranking with a total of 1529 points as indicated below:

TeamCurrent RankingPointsRanking of December 2023+/- December 2023
Brazil1185610
Spain2173420
Portugal3173330
Russia4164940
Argentina 5161950
Kazakhstan61598       60
Iran71593       70
Morocco8152980
Ukraine  9146890
France101413122

Morocco was drawn in group A of the CAF Futsal AFCON 2024, alongside Angola, Ghana and Zambia, following the draw, held Thursday at the Mohammed VI Football Complex in Salé.

   Group B includes Egypt, Libya, Namibia and Mauritania.

   Eight African teams, divided into two groups, are taking part in this 7th edition of CAF Futsal AFCON.

   CAF Futsal AFCON 2024 games will be held on April 11-21 at the Ibn Yassine hall and at the Sports Palace of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat.

   Morocco, which also organized the previous edition of CAF Futsal AFCON, is the double title holder.