African Qualifiers for 2026 World Cup: ‘We’ve Done the Essential by Winning our First Three Games’, Says Morocco’s Head Coach

12 June 2024Printable Version Agadir - Moroccan national football team, which scored a sensational 6-0 victory against its Congo Brazzaville counterpart on Tuesday at Agadir's Adrar Stadium in the 4th matchday (Group E) of the African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, has done the essential by winning its third victory, said Moroccan head coach, Walid Regragui. Speaking at a press conference following the Moroccan football team's game against Congo Brazzaville, Regragui stated that this latest 'success gives us the advantage of having a better goal difference than the other teams in the group'. Regragui expressed satisfaction with the performance shown by his team, who played with great intensity despite fatigue and the accumulation of matches throughout the season with their respective clubs. According to Regragui, maintaining the lead in Group E with 9 points from three wins will enable the national team to face the next qualifying matches with confidence. In addition to three points, the match a gainst Congo Brazzaville showed the group's cohesion and the harmony between players who gave their best, he said, adding that his priority is to create a balance within the squad. For his part, Congolese football manager, Isaac Ngata, said that his team had come up against a formidable opponent, highlighting that Morocco's team was very well organized in all aspects of the game. He stated that his players were unable to limit the attacks of the Moroccan team, who started off strong by opening the scoring in the 8th minute, and continued to attack quickly, putting the opposing defense under pressure. After the game against Congo Brazzaville, Morocco leads Group E with 9 points, ahead of Tanzania (6 pts), Niger and Zambia (3 pts). Congo Brazzaville brings up the rear with 0 pts. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

World Cup 2026 Qualifiers : Morocco Thrashes Congo 6-0

Agadir - The Moroccan National Football Team secured a large victory against Congo Brazzaville 6-0 on Tuesday at the Agadir Grand Stadium in the 4th round of Group E (African zone) qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. The Atlas Lions' goals were scored by Azzeddine Ounahi (8'), Chadi Riad (16'), Ayoub El Kaabi (20', 39', 53') and Soufiane Rahimi (62'). Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

NTF committed to promoting gender equality in tennis participation, officiating –President

President of Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Ifedayo Akindoju, says the federation is committed to promoting gender equality with regards to the participation and officiating of tennis events in the country. He made the remarks while declaring a maiden International Tennis Federation's Advantage All workshop open on Friday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Tennis Umpires Association (NTUA) made history on Friday in Abuja. This followed the successful hosting of its maiden International Tennis Federation's Advantage All programme, thus setting the pace for other African countries. The workshop was organised by the NTF, in conjunction with the International Tennis Federation ( ITF), with no fewer than 20 female tennis officials from across the country in participation. It aims to further deepen the domestication of the initiative which the country formally signed into in 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of ITF in Glasgow, Scotland. Akindoju extolled the milestones bein g recorded by the Officiating Department of the Federation, noting that officiating in Nigeria had advanced beyond imagination 'as ladies in tennis officiating have done so well. 'What we are witnessing here today is another landmark to show that ladies are very interested in sports and in tennis in particular. 'As a Federation, we are promoting gender fairness, gender equality in terms of opportunities and participation, and have put in place a well monitored and guided mechanism to ensure that no body is treated unfairly', Akindoju said. Acting Chairman of NTUA, Rose Abu, encouraged the participants to make adequate use of the opportunity to develop and sharpen their officiating knowledge and skills. Abu thanked the ITF for endorsing the event, and commended the effort and commitment of the President of NTF and the country's Officiating Manager, Kehinde Ijaola, for making the day a reality. Gold Badge Chair Umpire and an Advantage All Global Ambassador, Eva Asderaki-Moore led a plethora of virtual inte rnational goodwill messages from female tennis Umpires across the world to the participants. With the theme, Tennis Officiating: Place, Value Of Women In Officiating And Empowerment, the workshop had series of paper presentations on topical issues. NAN also reports that a minute silence was earlier observed in honour of the immediate past Nigeria's Advantage All Ambassador and one of the country's finest tennis officials, late Arinola Isa-Banire who died in July 2023. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Runsewe hails Oboh, Nigeria’s female golf sensation, on U.S. invitational triumph

The President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON has commended Nigeria's female golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, on her recent victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitational in Michigan, U.S. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 23-year-old Oboh, on Wednesday, captured the 2024 John Shippen Women's Invitational and earned exemptions to compete in two LPGA tournaments - the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship. Oboh will tee it up alongside the world's best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13, after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course Tuesday and Wednesday to earn a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN event. Runsewe, who gave the commendation in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said that Oboh's victory was an inspiration to other children back home and a testament to the fact that hard work pays 'Congratulations to our very own Georgia Oboh on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women's Invitation al at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan 'Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians. 'We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and keep doing your very best, to ensure that you represent our dear country as a good ambassador of the game of golf,' he said. NAN also reports that another Nigerian female pro golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third position with Ashley Shaw of U.S. in the same tournament, making it the first time in an international professional ladies' golf tournament where two Nigerians made the top three. The NGF president noted that the performance of the girls was a very rare one and not a mean feat. He added that they had both distinguished themselves as the very first Nigerians and one of the few black professional female golfers on the top stage. He said that the federation would continue to support the golfers, to ensure that they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud and showcase themselves to the world. He also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to start playing golf at an early age, adding that it was a sport they could be engaged in for the rest of their lives. 'Hand your child a golf club, and you might be surprised what happens. 'Your child might not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can make a big impact in a young life. 'Kids can benefit from the sport mentally, physically, and emotionally. The sport can set them up for success as they get older. 'Many of the skills learned on the course translate to real life,' he said. NAN also reports that Oboh and her chosen partner will compete in the Dow Championship starting June 27 in Midland, Michigan. The John Shippen Women's Invitational which Oboh and Uwadia were part of is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour for the top Black amateur and professional women and men golfers. The events are named after John Shippen, Jr., who wa s both the first American-born golf professional and the country's first Black golf professional. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Beach Soccer: Morocco’s National Squad Starts Training Camp in MaSmora

Rabat - Morocco's national beach soccer team on Monday started a training camp at the Mohammed VI Football Complex in MaSmora (suburbs of Salé), the Royal Moroccan Football Federation said. Fifteen players have been called up by national head coach Gilberto Da Costa de Souza to participate in this training course, which runs until May 7th. The players called up are Yasser Abada, Manar M'hamed, Anouar Al Abbasi, Ibrahim Abagli, Reda Zahraoui, Adnane Oubahri and Radouane Ennaciri. They also include Mustapha Tais, Amine Al Bidouri, Zouhair Jabbary, Driss Ghannam, Badr Al Kraichly, Mohamed Essahli, Ali El Khdym and Mourad Youssef. Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Rwanda Policy serves as deterrence for illegal migrants – UK envoy

Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner in Nigeria says his country's Rwanda Policy is intended to serve as discouragement to illegal migrants seeking asylum in the European country. Montgomery said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He explained that the UK Parliament had agreed in a bill passed into law to partner with Rwanda in handling illegal migrants to the UK and deporting them to Rwanda. According to him, the Rwanda Policy is a way of sending signal to illegal migrants that even if they are able to find their way to the UK through the wrong channel, they would still not succeed in remaining in the UK. He said that the migrants would be housed, looked after, and if they have genuine asylum concerns, their cases would be assessed and processed. He however said that the agreement with Rwanda still had to be legally ratified, and to go through its own processes. But I believe that it will be ratified as an international treaty. 'It is really important t o stress that this is about illegal migration to the UK. It is about people who are often exploited by criminal gangs to take what is an awfully terribly perilous journey. 'That is crossing the English channel in tiny boats run by criminal gangs, with the promise of getting them into the UK. This is really tragic because many people die while crossing'. The envoy also said it was premature to say whether or not Nigerians were part of the policy at the current stage of the implementation plan. He noted that it would not be appropriate to talk about individual cases or to talk about operational planning. He gave an assurance that some safeguards have been put in place to check the entire process. 'We have been working directly with relevant authorities to ensure that there is a decent standard of housing for the people that will be deported. 'They will have access to whatever level of education they need from primary to tertiary and vocational education. 'They will have the right to work in Rwanda. They are economic migrants, but there will be some people who may have legitimate asylum claims. 'We have been working with the Rwandan judiciary and their bar association to ensure that the migrants have 'caseworkers' and legal representation to go through due process,' he said. Source: News Agency of Nigeria