Move over, Rabat. Tangier will once again welcome Lionel Messi, this time coming with his national team.
FRMF announced on Facebook that Tangier’s grand stadium will host the game instead of Rabat for logistical reasons.
The game, which will take place on March 26, is part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which is set to take place in Egypt in June.
In January, FRMF confirmed that the Atlas Lions would face Argentina.
The head coach of the national football team, Herve Renard, expressed excitement on his Instagram.
Renard said that he and his team are preparing for CAN and focusing on “the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi.”
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J-45 Focus sur les prochains rendez-vous importants au mois de mars avec le match retour au Malawi le 23 mars et une grande rencontre de prestige à Rabat le 26 mars contre l’Argentine de Léo Messi. Il sera temps ensuite de se concentrer sur la préparation de la CAN 2019 en Égypte… Dima Morocco ?? D-45 Focus on March with the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi. After, It will then be time to focus on the preparation of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt. Dima Morocco ??
Messi played at the Tangier stadium in August last year when his club Barcelona played Sevilla the Spanish Supercopa championship there, winning 2-1.
Morocco and Argentina previously last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.