Rabat - The Atlas Lions will be back soon. The Moroccan national football team is set to face Tunisia for a friendly game on November 20 in Tunis.
Rabat – The Atlas Lions will be back soon. The Moroccan national football team is set to face Tunisia for a friendly game on November 20 in Tunis.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) confirmed the news on Sunday. “This meeting will serve as preparation for the men of Hervé Renard.”
The match will be the first friendly game for Morocco’s Atlas Lions after their praised participation in the 2018 World Cup.
The last few months of 2018 will be eventful as Morocco will play several qualification games for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The first game will be against Malawi on September 7. Morocco will play against Comoros on October 10 and 13. Morocco will then play against Cameroon on November 16 and a second game against Malawi on March 22, 2019.
Morocco’s participation in the 2018 World Cup received international applause despite their loss in two games against Iran and Portugal.
Morocco made a draw in its last World Cup game against Spain.
The Atlas Lions and their coach, Herve Renard, criticized FIFA and its referees, blaming them for their elimination as the video assistant referee (VAR) was not used during Morocco’s game to review Portuguese mistakes, but it was used to grant Spain an equalizer.
Still blaming VAR
FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa is still angry at FIFA and the absence of VAR in Morocco’s games throughout the first phase of the World Cup.
Lekjaa made his remarks on VAR during a conference to evaluate the African participation in the World Cup held on Saturday in Rabat.
In the opening ceremony, Lekjaa said that “the issue of referees should not be viewed from the perspective of victims. We must be able today to make deep analyses, to have the capacity to make concrete proposals for the good of football and its future.”
Lekjaa also recalled that FRMF sent a letter to FIFA to condemn referees not using VAR in Morocco’s games.
On outside influences interfering in football, he said, “If the business does become dominant [in football], the fear is that talent and art will be sacrificed. It is in this logic that the introduction of new technologies at the level of referee in this case, the VAR must ensure impartiality on fields and football justice.”