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Morocco’s players reaction following Egypt defeat

Morocco's players reactions following Egypt defeat

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Reactions from the  national team players following their loss against in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Pharaohs left it late to beat Morocco and qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals thanks to Mahmoud Kahraba’s late winner, whose goal delighted the Egyptians while disappointing the Moroccan players.

READ: Herve Renard: Egypt are back

So, here is the reactions from some of the Morocco national team players:

Mbark Boussoufa:

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The former Anderlecht and Lokomotiv Moscow player played the full 90 minutes and nearly scored but his shot hit Essam El-Hadary’s posts.

“The pitch was very poor, It was disastrous but we were forced to play on it. The players showed a great fighting spirit, but that’s football,” Boussoufa said.

“We had many chances to score, instead we failed to convert them and conceded as well. Them scoring in the last minutes made it difficult for us to comeback,” he added.

Karim El-Ahmadi:

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The current Feyenoord and former Aston Villa midfielder has also expressed his disappointment following the Egypt game.

“We knew whoever scores first will win the game. We had many chances in the second-half, but couldn’t convert them and the opponents scored. We fought till the end and showed that we have a great team,” Karim El-Ahmadi said.


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The Napoli midfielder started the game on bench and was introduced by Hervé Renard after 78th minute when he replaced Aziz Bouhaddouz.

“We had four or five chances but didn’t score them. We deserved to win but the opponent scored. We are proud of what we have achieved but also disappointed of being knocked out,” Omar El-Kaddouri said.

Fayçal Fajr:

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The Deportivo La Coruña midfielder, who also played the full 90 minutes and came close to scoring in the dying moments of the game, also blamed the bad pitch for the loss.

“I don’t have words to describe the disappointment. We did everything possible to win this game and we had chances to do so, but I have to say something although I don’t like making excuses, playing in a pitch likes this in 2017 is not acceptable,” Fayçal Fajr said.

“I would like to congratulate the players and the technical staff for what they achieved,” he added.



  1. M Miski

    January 31, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    Sore losers! We played 4 games on that pitch including aganist them. Besides take a look at their starting lineup, i struggle to find players who are actually raised and trained to play in Morocco, they are a collection of european national team rejects, it is truely shameful for their country. Its ok to have a couple of players like that but when your entire team is foriegn then it speaks about how pathitic your footballing as a nation really is.

    • Sisi

      January 31, 2017 at 5:30 PM

      What’s pathetic is u couldn’t beat a team for 31 years dummy, we beat ur ass with what u called forigners and domestic players get ur facts straight some players were born in Morocco. Best of luck to Egypt.

      • M Miski

        February 1, 2017 at 1:37 AM

        Name the Morroco born and raised players in the Afcon 2017 please. In that 31 years we won Afcon 5 times, how many did you win? Perhaps we didnt beat you because you were never really there at the late stages of the tourney.

        • Yassine

          February 5, 2017 at 11:34 PM

          Thats because most of the moroccan players are too busy playing in the actual European team you retard so before you try to call us sore losers get your facts straight. Egypt hasn’t had an actual talent for 10 years so be happy with the shit you have.

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