Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, September 9, 2012
Morocco’s national team lost once again on Sunday in the first leg of the African Cup qualifiers played against Mozambique. Less than a month after their last friendly game played against Guinea in Rabat, the so-called Atlas Lions provided Moroccan fans with a very disappointing performance, as they lost 2-0 to Mozambique.
The Moroccan team looked pale throughout game, managing to create a few occasions that did not create any danger to their adversaries.
With their first goal scored at the 74th minute, Mozambique players looked more emboldened and started to pose more problems to the Moroccan team.
In spite of their disastrous performance, the Moroccans could have brought home a precious draw if Mounir Hamdaoui was concentrated enough and knew how to translate the opportunity afforded to him by Adel Taarabt at 89th minute.
The coup de grace came at the 90th minute when Mozambique scored its second goal after a glaring blunder by the goal El Kinani.
Since he took over as the coach of the national team A, the “Atlas Lions” played 19 games; they lost eight games (Algeria, Senegal, Guinea, Gabon, Tunisia, Ouganda, Cameroun, Mozambique), won 6 games (Niger twice, Algeria, Tanzania twice, and Senegal) and draw in five games (Northern Island, Central Africa twice, Gambia, Ivory Coast).
After two years at the helm of the Moroccan team, Eric Gerets did not succeed in putting together a stable team. Every game he changes his lineup and persists in relying on some players who proved not to be suited for the national team.
The most controversial coach in Morocco
The undeserved and exorbitant salary of Eric Gerets (estimated to be $ 250,000), coupled with the early elimination of Morocco from the last African Cup of Nations in the first round, and the poor performances of the national team against Gambia in early June, are causing unprecedented disgruntlement among Moroccans, most of whom are calling on the Moroccan Federation of Football to dismiss him.
The Belgium coach is considered by most Moroccans as the worst national coach in Morocco’s history. After a series of disappointing results with the Moroccan national team and its notorious inability to build a resilient and competitive squad, a group of Moroccans launched a petition in June demanding the dismissal of Eric Gerets from his post as coach of the “Atlas Lions.”
Since Eric Gerets took over in October 2010, the ranking of the Moroccan national team went from bad to worse, reaching the shameful 68th position in the global rankings. Never in Morocco’s history, as its national team been ranked so low.