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Nouakchott Summit, Turning Point in Handling Sahrawi Issue

[SPS] Nouakchott -Sahrawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ould Salek affirmed that the 31st Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government was a turning point in the handling of the Sahrawi issue, stressing that the summit marked " the beginning of the countdown" for Morocco. (AllAfrica)

AU Summit 31 - The Western Sahara Debate Heats Up

[ISS] The contested Western Sahara, claimed by Morocco, borders Mauritania to the south. It is therefore apt that it is at the 31st African Union (AU) summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott that AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat is expected to deliver a much-awaited report on the territory. (AllAfrica)

Rugby - Namibia Face Morocco in Casablanca

[Namibian] NAMIBIA's national rugby team has started the Africa Gold Cup and their World Cup qualifying campaign in great style, but they will face their toughest proposition to date when they take on Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Ship With Morocco Fertiliser Flees Port of Mombasa to Avoid Inspection

[Nation] A ship bringing 10,000 tonnes of Morocco fertiliser to Mombasa has fled to the high seas to avoid the cargo being tested before it is offloaded. (AllAfrica)

Is the World Cup a Good Investment for Continent's Teams?

[The Conversation Africa] Each World Cup year African football teams arrive with renewed hopes of making remarkable progress and breaking the grip that Europe and South America have had on this quadrennial tournament for nearly 100 years. Each time, that hope invariably implodes. That surely has to leave African teams with some critical questions. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Issues a Powerful Closing Statement Against Spain

[FirstTouch] Morocco's elimination was guaranteed after failing to score in their opening two matches, narrowly losing 1-0 to both Iran and Portugal even though they dominated the opposition on both occasions. However, the beautiful football they play paid off against their neighbors, Spain, the acclaimed "masters of the beautiful football." More than just the football was on display, as the referee's decisions and VAR took center-stage. (AllAfrica)

The Atlas Lions Roared, To the Consternation of the Red Fury

[allAfrica] Cape Town -It's as if Morocco woke from a deep slumber, coming out fighting and roared like the lions they are... (AllAfrica)

Sables Bank On History

[The Herald] They might have stumbled in their opening assignment against Morocco but Zimbabwe's Sables will be hoping to maintain their dominance over Kenya when they resume their Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign against the East Africans in Nairobi on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Will Atlas Lions Exit With Some Pride? #WorldCup2018

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Whether the Atlas Lions devour Spain or not, this match is just one that will see Morocco play for  pride at Kaliningrad Stadium tonight. (AllAfrica)

Firm That Imported Morocco Fertilizer Claim It Was of High Quality

[Capital FM] Nairobi -OCP Kenya Limited, the company accused of importing substandard fertilizer has refuted the claims insisting compliance of the said cargo has passed independent expert analyses. (AllAfrica)

Why These African Countries Voted Against Morocco for 2026 World Cup

[Guardian] It was funny-depressing to be told on arrival in Port Moresby that Papua New Guinea was a colony of Australia. (AllAfrica)

FT World Cup 2018 - Morocco Could Not Find a Solution Against Portugal

[FirstTouch] The World Cup hunt is as good as finished for the Lions of the Atlas. Morocco was knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia on Wednesday after falling short against the European champions' who showed experience and resolve. Portugal only needed an early single goal to bag all three of the points on offer in this Group B clash. (AllAfrica)

Who Is Mohamed Al-Bambary and Why Should We Care?

[Daily Maverick] The African Union Summit is the ideal forum in which to place pressure on Morocco to release this media activist and journalist, who has been jailed in Western Sahara for exposing ill-treatment of the Saharawis. (AllAfrica)

Is Morocco's Plane to Rabat Already on the Runway?

[allAfrica] It's day 7 of the World Cup and I am still hopeful that at least two African teams will go through to the next stages of the 2018 tournament. (AllAfrica)

Five Debutants in Kenya Simbas Team for Gold Cup Tie

[Nation] Kenya Simbas head coach Ian Snook named five uncapped players in his squad as they received Sh53 million sponsorship ahead of their opening Rugby Africa Gold Cup match against Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Snook Hands Five Debuts for Morocco Trip

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya 15's head coach Ian Snook has named five debutants for the team's Africa Gold Cup opener against Morocco on Saturday in Cassablanca with two of them drafted into the starting 15. (AllAfrica)

Morocco 0-1 Portugal - Ronaldo's Early Goal Dumps Morocco Out of Russia 2018

[Premium Times] A goal in the fourth minute by Cristiano Ronaldo was all Portugal needed to get over the Morocco obstacle, who at least deserved a draw for all the effort they put in. It was Ronaldo's 85th goal in 152 appearances for his country. (AllAfrica)

Ft World Cup 2018 - Africa's Winless Streak Perpetuated By a Set-Piece and 90th Minute 'Curse.'

[FirstTouch] It began with the Pharaohs of Egypt. Matched up against the two-time world champions, Uruguay in a Group A clash, a match they had lost already on paper and in the eyes of many 'pragmatic' football enthusiasts. The lack of optimism originated more so because their talisman player, Mohamed Salah, was sitting this one out, working towards full recovery from his shoulder injury after his UEFA Champions League final controversial clash with Sergio Ramos. (AllAfrica)

Africa Still Searching for Redemption At World Cup 2018

[allAfrica] Cape Town -After Egypt and and Morocco, the Super Eagles were next to succumb to the fiery prowess of their opponents Croatia, in a group aptly referred to as the Group of Death. (AllAfrica)

Peter De Villiers Remains Upbeat Despite Morocco Stalemate

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE coach Peter de Villiers believes the Sables still have a good opportunity to qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan despite being held to a 23-23 draw by the visiting Morocco national rugby team at Harare Sports Club on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Rough Road Ahead for Atlas Lions After Own Goal

[allAfrica] The Atlas Lions of Morocco began their World Cup campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran on Friday. (AllAfrica)

2018 World Cup - First African Teams Enter in Action

[ANGOP] Luanda -With different expectations Egypt and Morocco are starting this Friday their Russia World Cup journey, the great football event that kicked off last Thursday with the host country's squad thrashing Saudi Arabia by 5-0 in the opening match of the competition and Group A. (AllAfrica)

Mixed Reactions Trail Buhari's Infrastructure Pact With Niger, Morocco

[Guardian] Abuja -Stakeholders, particularly those in the oil and gas sector have expressed divergent opinions over the infrastructure agreements that President Muhammadu Buhari signed with Morocco and another currently being fine-tuned between Niger Republic and Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

Will Any Of Our Teams Finally Break The Quarter-Finals Jinx?

[allAfrica] Of course, any World Cup would not be compete without a distinctively glamorous opening ceremony to kick things off. And even though it seems like only yesterday that we were laughing at Brazil after their 7-1 capitulation to Germany in July 2014, it's already been four years. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Captain Warns Sables

[The Herald] Morocco captain Arabat Hocine has warned the Sables to underrate the North Africans at their own peril when the two teams clash in the Africa Gold Cup opener at Harare Sports Club tomorrow. Hocine said the Sables won't have tomorrow's game on a silver platter. (AllAfrica)

Morocco's 2026 World Cup Bid Loss - a Lesson in Pan-Africanism

[This is Africa] Morocco's fifth World Cup bid crashed spectacularly after it lost to the North American trio of US, Mexico and Canada. 11 African countries voted against Morocco. Namibia was unequivocal, clearly stating it voted against Morocco because of its occupation of the Sahrawi Republic. Morocco might have rejoined the African Union, but many Africans still don't think its loyalty lies in Africa. (AllAfrica)

Morocco's World Cup Dreams Shattered as U.S., Canada, Mexico Win 2026 Bid

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Morocco's bid to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup were dashed after the north African nation only received 33% of the vote while the joint bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico received 67%. (AllAfrica)

Malawi Joined 64 in Support of Morocco World Cup Bid

[Nyasa Times] Football Association of Malawi (FAM) was amongst 64 other countries in support of Morocco for the failed bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which has been given to co-hosts Canada, USA and Mexico. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Confident Ahead of Sables Clash

[The Herald] Morocco forwards' coach Gasni Kouider says pressure will be on Zimbabwe when the North Africans clash against the Sables in the Africa Gold Cup opener on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Nigerians Not Fooled By Buhari's Image Laundering in Morocco - Opposition

[This Day] Abuja -The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the praises showered on Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari before his host, the Moroccan Prime Minister, Saadeddine Othman, as a cover-up for his deep-seated disdain for Nigerian youths. (AllAfrica)

Morocco, Trump's Coalition in Final Battle to Host 2026 World Cup

[Premium Times] They say football should not be mixed with politics, but U.S. President; Donald Trump has since April, thrown both in a blender for a good mix. A decision will be made today in Moscow on which country/countries will host the 2026 World Cup. (AllAfrica)