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Joined: 11:49 AM - Nov 03, 2006

8:07 AM - Jan 04, 2017 #1

on the website of the Morocco FA the match against Burkina Faso is not mentioned....is it cancelled?
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Joined: 5:16 PM - Oct 31, 2006

10:59 PM - Jan 11, 2017 #2

Morocco CHAN team
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Joined: 2:58 PM - Feb 09, 2011

2:56 PM - Feb 06, 2018 #3

Regardless of all the different beliefs about the status of the tournament and of the national teams, congratulations to Morocco on the big win at the 2018 African Nations Championship.
It's interesting to note that also their 1976 Africa Cup of Nations was won by a squad totally composed of local-based players.
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Joined: 12:28 PM - Apr 07, 2007

3:34 PM - Feb 06, 2018 #4

Does the Morocco CHAN team try to play in a similar style to the full national team, or is a completely separate venture?
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Joined: 5:16 PM - Oct 31, 2006

6:23 AM - Feb 08, 2018 #5

Luca wrote: Regardless of all the different beliefs about the status of the tournament and of the national teams, congratulations to Morocco on the big win at the 2018 African Nations Championship.
It's interesting to note that also their 1976 Africa Cup of Nations was won by a squad totally composed of local-based players.
In 1976, most African teams had mostly local-based squads, so this wasn't such a notable achievement.  The Cameroon squad for the 1982 World Cup, for example, was almost entirely home-based - this would be unthinkable now.

Anyway, it was a pointless triumph (literally). Morocco will lose 52 FIFA ranking points for competing in CHAN, and Nigeria will lose 69 (the first match of CHAN for each team was included in the January ranking).  Only 4 of the 16 teams will gain points in the February rankings (Namibia, Congo, Angola, Sudan).  Equatorial Guinea will stay at the same points total, and the other 11 will lose points, including top teams like Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria.
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Joined: 12:28 PM - Apr 07, 2007

8:44 AM - Feb 08, 2018 #6

TheRoonBa wrote:In 1976, most African teams had mostly local-based squads, so this wasn't such a notable achievement.
Yes and for some time, top players who went to Europe became effectively inaccessible to their national teams except occasionally.
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