IAAF: Morocco’s Rababe Arafi Advances to 800m Final

Rabat - Middle-distance runner Rababae Arafi from Morocco has booked her spot in the final of the 800m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Arafi finished first in the semifinal at the 'Bird's Nest' on Thursday in 1:58:55, qualifying automatically to the 800m final. The 24-year-old finished ahead of Nataliia Lupu (Ukraine) 1:58.57, Selina Buechel (Switzerland) 1:58.63, Fabienne Kohlmann (Germany) 1:5 ...

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Ezzaki Announces Squad for Sao Tome Clash in CAN 2017 Qualifiers

Rabat - Morocco head coach Badou Ezzaki has announced a 25-men squad ahead of Sao Tome and Principe clash in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for September 5th. Bayern Munich's Mehdi Benatia and Lille's Sofiane Boufale have been left out of the squad. Benatia was forced off the pitch with a thigh injury during his team's 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim over the weekend. Sofiane Boufale, ho ...

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Mehdi Benatia Refuses to Appear Holding Glass of Beer

Rabat - Morocco international Mehdi Benatia apparently did not want to appear holding a glass of beer during a Bayern Munich's collective photo shoot on Tuesday. Benatia and teammates put on traditional German attire and posed with beer as part of the German side's sponsorship with Paulaner brewery. Benatia was not the only Bayern Munich player not to take hold of a glass of beer.  French mid-fielder Frank ...

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Sofiane Boufale Refuses to Play for Morocco

Rabat - Sofiane Boufale has reportedly turned down Badou Ezzaki's call-up to play against Sao Tome and Principe in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on September 5th. The central midfielder is said to have refused to play for Morocco in the upcoming game to focus on his club career with French side Lille OSC. Morocco's head manager Badou Ezzaki reportedly had a discussion with Boufale, but the 21-y ...

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12 Athletes Who Honored Morocco in IAAF World Championships

Rabat - Since 1983, Morocco has won 27 medals in The World Championships in Athletics organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). On the occasion of 15th biannual global track and field championship that is being held in China, MWN remembers 12 athletes who have brought honor to Morocco through their achievements in the IAAF over the past 32 years. Said Aouita (1 Gold and 1 B ...

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Moncef Belkhayat Vows to Bring Olympic Games to Casablanca

Rabat - Moncef Belkhayat has vowed to bring the Olympic Games to Casablanca if he was elected president of the Grand Casablanca region in the upcoming municipal and regional elections. The former Sports and Youth Minister described his proposal for Casablanca to host the 2028 Olympics as 'serious' and that he had it all figured out. "I have studied cities like Rio D Janeiro and Barcelona which were transfor ...

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Bundesliga: Mehdi Benatia Suffers Thigh Injury

Rabat - Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia was forced off with a thigh injury during his team's 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday. Benatia left the pitch with what appeared to be a thigh injury just after the half hour mark. The Morocco international was replaced by Rafinha. The defender's injury adds to Bayern's injury woes, with the 27-year-old joins an ever-growing list of absentees that includes ...

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Shocking Images Show Violence During Raja Casablanca Game

Rabat -Police were forced to step in to halt the violence that broke out in the stands of the Mohammed V Stadium during Raja Casablanca's draw against Hilal Benghazi of Libya on Wednesday. Raja has been crowned winners of the 2015 North African Football Union (UNAF), but the championship fixture between the two teams was marred by scenes of crowd violence. Shocking images from Mohammed V stadium in Casablan ...

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In Pictures: Riot Spoils the Coronation of Raja

Rabat - The last match of the 2015 North African Football Union (UNAF) tournament between Raja Casablanca and Libyan Hilal Benghazi started with a fierce riot among Raja fans in "Courva Nor" a place devoted to the fans of Raja. The riot took place immediately after the start of the second half of the match. The stadium seating reserved for the fans of Raja was turned into a bloody battlefield after a verbal ...

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Benatia to Stop Celebrating Goals With Famous Gun Gesture

Rabat - Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia was reportedly told by the club's administration to refrain from celebrating his goals with a gun toting gesture. The former Roma defender was urged to stop using his famous machine-gun goal celebration as it could be interpreted as inciting violence amongst spectators. "I've started doing it in Rome, because it has brought me luck (…) but the club asked me to st ...

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Morocco Won 27 Medals in IAAF World Championships Since 1983

Rabat - Morocco has harvested 27 medals (10 gold, 11 silver, 6 bronze) in IAAF World Championships in Athletics since 1983. Morocco was always on the podium, except in Stuttgart (1993), Berlin (2009), Daegu (2011) and Moscow (2013), while the 1999 edition in Seville was the most prolific with 5 medals: two gold medals (Hicham El Guerrouj in 1,500 m and Salah Hissou in 5000 m), two silver medals (Nezha Bidou ...

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AC Milan Star Hachim Mastour Left Out of Morocco Squad

Rabat - AC Milan forward Hachim Mastour has been left out of the latest Morocco squad to play in the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome. The 17-year-old earned his first senior call-up against Libya in June. But the wonderkid has now been left out of Morocco's first squad to face Sao Tome, with head coach Badou Ezzaki claiming that he was looking for more experienced players at t ...

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