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By The Atlas Lions, Nov 16 2018 09:09AM

Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din has been announced as the referee for the Tunisia-Morocco friendly game on Tuesday.


Tunisia will be facing Morocco in a friendly in Rades stadium in Tunis on Tuesday, as both countries will be preparing for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 6 2018 05:44PM

(BBC Sport) Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia has been named in the Morocco squad for the first time since the World Cup in Russia.


Morocco coach Herve Renard has announced a 26-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon on 16 November.


The Atlas Lions will also travel to play Tunisia four days later in a friendly.


Benatia, 31, has missed the Atlas Lions last three Nations Cup qualifiers.


He decided to concentrate on his club commitments in Italy with the return of Leonardo Bonucci to Juventus.


So far this season Benatia has played just five times in the in all competitions for the Italian champions.


There is also a recall for Celta Vigo's Sofiane Boufal for the first time since before the World Cup in Russia.


Boufal came on as a substitute for Morcco in a pre-World Cup friendly against Uzbekistan in February and then failed to make the squad for the finals in Russia.


He has played nine times in Spain's La Liga so far this season scoring twice.


The squad also confirms a first call-up for Netherlands-born Oussama Idrissi after he decided to play international football for Morocco.


His club in the Netherlands AZ Alkmaar had already announced his inclusion in Morocco coach Herve Renard's plans on its website.


The 22-year-old has played for Netherlands at various youth levels but is eligible for Morocco through his parents.


A win for Morocco against Cameroon will put them one point away from qualifying for the finals next year from Group B.


Cameroon qualify automatically as hosts meaning there is only one qualifying place available from the group that also includes Malawi and Comoros.


The Atlas Lions are in pole position to advance despite being held to a 2-2 draw in Comoros last time out and only beating the same opponents 1-0 with an injury time goal three days earlier.


Morocco squad:


Goalkeepers: Munir El-Kajoui (Malaga, Spain), Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain) Ahmed Reda (Wydad Casablanca)


Defenders: Medhi Benatia (Juventus. Italy), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Manuel da Costa (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax, Netherlands), Oualid El Hajjam (Amiens, France), Achraf Dari (Wydad Casablanca)


Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax, Netherlands), Mbark Boussoufa (no club), Karim El Ahmadi (Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray, Turkey), Nordin Amrabat (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Faycal Fajr (Caen, France), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Monaco, France), Abdelilah Hafidi 30 (Raja Casablanca), Sofiane Boufal (Celta Vigo, Spain), Amine Harit (Schalke 04, Germany)


Forwards: Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Khalid Boutaib (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Youssef En-Nesyri (Leganes, Spain), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hebei China Fortune, China), Walid Azaro (Al Ahly, Egypt)

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 6 2018 11:20AM

(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Herve Renard has selected 26 players for the AFCON 2019 qualifier against Cameroon in Casablanca on Nov 16th and for the friendly away against Tunisia on Nov 20th.



Here is the selection:


1-Munir el Kajoui - Malaga - Spain

2-Yassine Bono - Girona - Spain

3-Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti - Wydad Casablanca - Morocco

4-Marouane Da Costa - Istanbul Basaksehir - Turkey

5-Ghanim Saiss - Wolverhampton - England

6-Mehdi Benatia - Juventus - Italy

7-Achraf Hakimi - Borussia Dortmund - Germany

8-Achraf Dari - Wydad Casablanca - Morocco

9-Karim El Ahmadi - Al-Ittihad - KSA

10-Youssef Ait Bennasser - AS Monaco - France

11-Mbark Boussoufa - Clubless

12-Younes Belhanda - Galatasaray - Turkey

13-Fayçal Fajr - Caen - France

14-Amine Harit - Schalke 04 - Germany

15-Nordin Amrabat - Al-Nasr - KSA

16-Hakim Ziyech - Ajax Amsterdam - Netherlands

17-Ayoub El Kaabi - Hebei CFFC - China

18-Khalid Boutaib - Yeni Malatyaspor - Turkey

19-Walid Azarou - Al-Ahly - Egypt

20-Noussair Mazraoui - Ajax Amsterdam - Netherlands

21-Youssef En-Nesyri - Leganes - Spain

22-Soufian Boufal - Celta Vigo - Spain

23-Nabil Dirar -Fenerbahce - Turkey

24-Oussama Idrissi - AZ Alkmaar - Netherlands

25-Abdelilah Hafidi - RCA - Morocco

26-Walid Hajjam - Amiens - France.


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