Morocco in race to secure suitable opponents for World Cup preparations

Morocco in race to secure suitable opponents for World Cup preparations
Nabil Dirar of Morocco evades tackle from Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals

by Staff Reporter

Friday Dec 15, 2017. 11:30

The Moroccan Football Federation are in a race to secure suitable opponents as they up their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

President of the Moroccan FA, Fouzi Lekjaa, has revealed that the Atlas Lions are close to securing friendly matches against Iceland, Scotland and Poland in build-up to next year's showpiece.

Morocco are eager to test themselves against teams with similar styles to those of their Group B opponents: Iran, Portugal and Spain.

Various countries are following a similar trend with Portugal reportedly lining up fixtures against both Algeria and Tunisia.

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According to reports, the Belgium FA previously turned down a request from Morocco for the two sides to meet in a friendly encounter - citing security concerns.

The two nations locked horns on in Brussels on 26 March 2008, with Morocco coming up trumps 4-1 in a match that had to be suspended for 10 minutes after Moroccan fans had invaded the pitch.



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