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25 people arrested over Morocco football club attack

Moroccan authorities have arrested 25 people over an attack by an armed gang on members of the Wydad Casablanca football club during a training session last week, a judicial source said Tuesday. More than 200 people, some of them hooded and armed with knives, broke into the club's training ground on Friday, after attacking the security guards, according to several witnesses. They grabbed mobile phones and money from members team members before ransacking the changing rooms and attacking a number of vehicles.

Casablanca cheers home fans as Club World Cup raises curtain

Casablanca cheers home fans as Club World Cup raises curtain AGADIR, Morocco, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The tenth FIFA Club World Cup opened on a windy but passionate Wednesday night when Raja Casablanca knocked out Auckland City FC in a last-gasp 2-1 victory to enter the quarter-final and repay their home fans' fanatic support. Mouhssine Iajour picked up a through ball from the fullback Adli Karrouchy, ran to the unmarked left area and slotted his left- foot shot above the keeper Tamati Williams six minutes before half- time.

Football: Raja take on Auckland to open Club World Cup

Outsiders Raja Casablanca and Auckland City open the Club World Cup with a preliminary round game in Agadir on Wednesday. Raja owe their entry to the fact that the competition is being hosted by Morocco for the first time and they are the national champions, while Auckland represent the Oceania federation. The winners will go through to the second round to take on Monterrey of Mexico, who are representing the North and Central American Federation with China's Guangzhou Evergrande up against Al Ahly of Egypt.

Football: Raja coach fired ahead of Club World Cup

Raja Casablanca coach M'hamed Fakhir was sacked by the Moroccan champions on Friday just two weeks before the start of the Club World Cup, with Tunisian Nabil Maaloul set to take over. "A number of factors have allowed us to come to the conclusion that Raja could not stand up to the upcoming challenges with Fakhir in charge," club spokesman Samir Chaouki told Atlantic radio. Hilal Tair, already a member of the staff, will take charge on an interim basis until Maaloul signs a contract next Wednesday, a club source told the MAP news agency.

Football: Raja coach fired ahead of Club World Cup

Raja Casablanca coach M'hamed Fakhir has been relieved of his duties, just two weeks before the start of the Club World Cup, a club spokesman revealed on Friday. "A number of factors have allowed us to come to the conclusion that Raja could not stand up to the upcoming challenges with Fakhir in charge," spokesman Samir Chaouki told Atlantic radio. He added that Hilal Tair, already a member of the staff, would take charge on an interim basis while the club search for a permanent successor.

Football: FIFA ban Morocco's Abourazzouk for doping

Morocco international striker Hamza Abourazzouk has been suspended for six months by world football governing body FIFA after testing positive for cannabis at a World Cup qualifying match. The 27-year-old Abourazzouk returned a positive test after Morocco's World Cup qualifying victory over Tanzania on June 8 and had been provsionally suspended from August 28. Morocco failed to qualify for the World Cup. The Raja Casablanca player will miss the Club World Cup which Morocco will host in December. Raja Casablanca qualified as the league winner of the host nation.

Football: CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers

Qualifiers for CAF Confederation Cup play-offs after elimination matches this weekend: Confederation Cup last-16 winners ENPPI, Ismaily (both Egypt), Etoile Sahel, CS Sfaxien (both Tunisia), Lydia Academic (Burundi), US Bitam (Gabon), FAR Rabat (Morocco), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) or Liga Muculmana (Mozambique) Champions League last-16 losers JSM Bejaia, Entente Setif (both Algeria), CA Bizertin (Tunisia), Enugu Rangers (Nigeria), Saint George (Ethiopia), Stade Malien (Mali), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo), FUS Rabat (Morocco)

Football: CAF Confederation Cup fixtures

CAF Confederation Cup last-16, second-leg fixtures this weekend (aggregate scores in brackets): At Pretoria SuperSport Utd (RSA) v ENPPI (EGY) (0-0) At Casablanca Wydad Casablanca (MAR) v Liga Muculmana (MOZ) (0-2) At Bujumbura Lydia Academic (BDI) v ASEC Mimosas (CIV) (0-1) At Bitam US Bitam (GAB) v USMA (ALG) (0-0) At Ismaily Ismaily (EGY) v Al-Ahly Shandy (SUD) (0-0) At Brazzaville Diables Noirs (CGO) v CS Sfaxien (TUN) (1-3) At Sousse

Football: Tough task for former African champions Wydad

Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca face the most difficult challenge among five former African champions hoping to secure CAF Confederation Cup play-off places this weekend. The North Africans host surprise side Liga Muculmana of Mozambique at the 65,000-seat Stade Mohamed V trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the last-16 clash. Sonito scored his sixth goal of the second-tier African club championship this season to give Liga a first-half lead in Maputo and Miro added a second just before time.
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