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By The Atlas Lions, Jun 17 2019 03:08PM

By Africanfootball.com


Morocco national team coach Herve Renard says the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be a key tournament for the future of football on the continent.


This year’s edition of the AFCON is the first to move into the middle of the year – and therefore avoid the issue of African players in major leagues leaving their clubs for an international tournament in the middle of a season – as well as introducing an expanded format of 24 teams (up from the previous number of 16 qualifiers).


“I think both decisions are good for football in Africa. To play in June is much better, even if we could have problems with weather in some parts of Africa,” Renard is quoted by The Scotsman.


“But in terms of relationships with clubs in Europe or anywhere around the world, it is very important because things got complicated previously.”


Renard is looking to become the first man to lead three different nations to AFCON glory, having taken Zambia and the Ivory Coast to the title in 2012 and 2015 respectively.


He has also made his mark in Morocco by guiding them back to the World Cup last year – their first appearance at the global tournament in two decades.


“This will be my seventh tournament,” added the Frenchman. “In terms of the image of Africa, this continent needs to improve because all around the world these days they can watch the tournament.


“This is a key tournament for our football – and I say our football because I consider I am part of Africa too.


“I have been on this continent for so many years now and sometimes I don’t like the image we give to everybody so if we want more positive comments about us to come from other parts of the world then we need to improve.”

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 12 2019 08:44PM


#TotalAFCON2019 games for #Morocco revealed


2⃣3⃣ June 2019

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Stadium: Al Salam Stadium, Cairo

🕟 14h30 GMT


2⃣8⃣ June 2019

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Stadium: Al Salam Stadium, Cairo

🕖 17h00 GMT


1⃣ July 2019

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Stadium: Al Salam Stadium, Cairo

🕓 16h00 GMT



By The Atlas Lions, Mar 22 2019 04:05PM

(BBC) Already eliminated Malawi held qualified Morocco to a goalless draw in their final Group B game in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.


Some of Morocco's best chances fell to Rashid Alioui who hit the woodwork on three occasions.


Morocco coach Herve Renard also gave a debut to Oussama Idrissi just days after the Netherlands-born winger was cleared by Fifa to swap national allegiances.


The other game in the group is on Saturday and sees Cameroon face visiting Comoros to decide who will be playing in the finals.


A draw for former hosts Cameroon will be enough for them to advance, while victory for Comoros will see them clinch second place thanks to a better head-to-head record with the Indomitable Lions.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 17 2018 02:36PM

(BBC Sports) Morocco qualified for next year's Africa Cup of Nations without kicking a ball on Saturday as Comoros beat Malawi 2-1.


The Atlas Lions qualify with a game to spare after beating Cameroon 2-0 on Friday in Casablanca.


Hakim Ziyech scored twice to condemn the African champions to their first defeat under Clarence Seedorf.


"Congratulations to players and staff for this brilliant qualification," tweeted Morocco coach Herve Renard.


The final round of Group B games take place in March, with Cameroon assured their place as Nations Cup hosts.


The Indomitable Lions are participating in the qualifiers to ensure competitive match practice and they sit second in the group with 8 points, two fewer than Morocco, while Comoros rise to five points, one more than Malawi.


The win is only the third for Comoros in Nations Cup qualifying history, following on from victory over Mauritius in the 2019 preliminary phase as well as a 1-0 win over Botswana in 2017 qualifying.

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