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Football/U17: Morocco Bests Tunisia in Friendly

Football/U17: Morocco Bests Tunisia in Friendly

The Moroccan U17 football team beat Tunisia 1-0, Friday in Tunis, in a friendly game.

The Moroccan squad goal was scored by Aniss El ghizizal in the 79th minute.

The two teams will play a second friendly on March 25 in Tunis.

MAP: 22 March 2024

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Interior Minister, Abdelouafi Laftit, chaired, here Thursday, an extended meeting dedicated to examining the state of progress of the city’s preparations for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

This meeting, attended by Royal Moroccan Football Federation’s (FRMF) President, Fouzi Lekjaa, and Wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, Mohamed Yacoubi, brought together the different stakeholders in the preparation process.

Speaking on the occasion, Laftit stressed the importance of an all-out mobilization in order to guarantee the successful organization of the 2030 World Cup in Morocco, as well as the Africa Cup of Nations (Morocco-2025), which the Kingdom will host prior to this global event.

In this respect, he called on the stakeholders to redouble their efforts and mobilize all the financial and human resources needed to accelerate the pace of preparations, noting the importance of the success of the next stage, namely the 2025 AFCON, with a view to boosting trust in moving forward with the process of preparing to host other sporting events.

Laftit also noted Rabat’s central role as the Kingdom’s capital and host city to several events before the 2030 World Cup, stressing that the city must be ready starting next year.

For his part, Lekjaa stated that the development trajectory initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI over the last 25 years throughout the Kingdom will make Morocco a privileged destination for the organization of exceptional continental or world events, notably 2025 AFCON.

In a statement to the press following the meeting, he highlighted Rabat’s centrality for the 2030 World Cup, especially as it will host the 2025 AFCON matches, including those of the national soccer team.

The Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, which will be ready by the end of this year with a capacity of 65,000 spectators, will be one of the stadiums qualified to host the World Cup semi-finals, he added, the aim being for the Kingdom of Morocco to organize an “exceptional World Cup.”

The meeting was marked by presentations by various stakeholders, highlighting development and infrastructure projects designed to enable Moroccan cities, including Rabat, to meet FIFA’s requirements and standards, particularly in terms of stadiums, training sites, transport and mobility, accommodation and sustainable development.

Mechanisms for the integrated management of projects scheduled as part of these preparations were also presented, with a view to reinforcing the monitoring, control and timely implementation of projects.

In the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, Morocco has ascended to the 12th position globally. With a tally of 1669.44 points, the Atlas Lions maintain their leading position in Africa, surpassing Senegal, which now holds the 18th rank with 1623.34 points.

At the regional level, Morocco continues to dominate, holding the top spot among Arab nations, with Qatar trailing behind at 35th place with 1504.06 points.

On the global stage, Argentina remains firmly at the summit of the FIFA rankings, followed closely by France and Belgium in second and third place, respectively.

The current FIFA Top 10 standings as of June 20, 2024, are as follows:

1. Argentina

2. France

3. Belgium

4. Brazil

5. England

6. Portugal

7. Netherlands

8. Spain

9. Croatia

10. Italy

he Moroccan National Football Team secured a large victory against Congo Brazzaville 6-0 on Tuesday at the Agadir Grand Stadium in the 4th round of Group E (African zone) qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

The Atlas Lions’ goals were scored by Azzeddine Ounahi (8’), Chadi Riad (16’), Ayoub El Kaabi (20’, 39’, 53’) and Soufiane Rahimi (62’).

Morocco beat Zambia 2-1 on Friday at Agadir’s Adrar Stadium in the 3rd Day of Group E (African zone) qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

The Atlas Lions won thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech (6th) and Eliesse Ben Seghir (67th). Edouard Chilufya (80th) scored for Zambia.

With this victory, Morocco consolidate their position at the top of Group E with six points from two matches.

The game against Congo Brazzaville, part of matchday 4, will be held on June 11 at Agadir’s Adrar Stadium (8pm), instead of the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Moroccan national football team will play Congo Brazzaville, on June 11 at the Grand Stadium of Agadir, for the 4th day of the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced.

FRMF had received a letter from FIFA informing it that the Congo Brazzaville-Morocco match will be held at the Grand Stadium of Agadir on June 11 (8 p.m.) instead of the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, FRMF pointed out in a press release.

Atlas Lions will play Zambia tonight in Agadir for the 3rd round of these qualifiers.

Morocco tops Group E with 3 points, following their away victory against Tanzania (0-2) on November 21. Zambia, Niger and Tanzania, who have each played two matches, also have 3 points. 

Head coach of the Moroccan national team Walid Regragui said, on Thursday in Agadir, that the Atlas Lions’ objective is to win their match against Zambia and stay top of Group E of the African qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

“We will do what is necessary to get the three victory points to stay ahead in our group,” he told a pre-match press conference before the Morocco-Zambia game, scheduled for Friday at the Adrar Stadium in Agadir for Matchday 3 (Group E).

“Zambia are a team we know well, having played them at the last Africa Cup of Nations, but Friday’s match will be held in front of our own fans and will certainly be different from AFCON,” he said.

In this regard, he noted that the Moroccan national team “can do better than their recent performances. In the last two games, we scored a goal (against Angola in a friendly), but the important thing is to have chances which we need to convert”, he added, noting that “it’s not a question of attacking play, because the national team creates a lot of chances, but we’re still lacking in goal-scoring efficiency”.

“We have talented players. But working at club level is different from working for the national team. With the succession of matches, I think the players will be more at ease and therefore more effective,” he said.

“Playing at home means we have to win, but the important thing is to qualify for the World Cup,” stressed Regragui, explaining that “qualification is a marathon with several matches, and we’re well prepared for this marathon. Our ambition is to give Morocco a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup”.

For his part, Zambia coach Avram Grant noted that his team would be facing a Moroccan side packed with stars who play in the world’s top leagues, with the ambition of winning the game, adding that Friday’s encounter would be different from that of the last AFCON.

Morocco lead Group E with 3 points, after their away win over Tanzania (0-2) on November 21. Zambia, Niger and Tanzania, who played two matches, also have 3 points.