Morocco have named four players who play in the French domestic league in their squad for the MEA Championship in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October. Iliass Laachiri from Lyon, Carpentras’ Naji Anas, Adam Ed Diche from Union Sportive Ferralaise and Toulon’s Badreddine Medkouri (pictured) will all be meeting their team mates from the domestic leagues in the Nigerian capital.
The continuing struggle to obtain government recognition for rugby league in Morocco has reached a new phase following the added support of Claude Moraes, MEP for London and Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, who has agreed to look into the case and help raise the matter at EU level.
MOROCCAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Page updated: 8/3/13
Foundation Year - 1995
International Team - Morocco Rugby League
Highest finish in World Cup - One win Emerging Nations World Cup (2000)
Top level domestic competition - N/A
By Tony Munro, Date: 16/7/12
The coach of the Moroccan team which valiantly lost their game last week to a more experienced Lebanese Espoirs squad, Driss Aamoud, has praised his squad as "manly" saying they "applied themselves a great deal."
Unofficial reports, say the Moroccan squad, which was comprised entirely of players from the fledgling Moroccan domestic competition which kicked off in March, lost just 26-30 to the Espoirs after leading 20 to 4 at half-time, although these details have not been officially confirmed.
On the back of the completion of their domestic championship, Morocco Rugby League has named Jérôme Alonso as their head coach for the MEA Championships in Nigeria in October, where they will initially face Cameroon. He will be assisted by Rachid Amraoui.
by Phil Caplan, Date: 12/7/12
The intervention of MEP Brian Simpson helped to prevent a major incident after the touring Lebanon Espoirs were prevented from entering the Berrechid municipal stadium to play a Morocco XIII.
The Moroccan rugby league - which Remond Safi, the Rugby League European Federationâ€™s MENA Regional Director, has been heavily involved in forming over the past 18 months - were informed at 5.30pm the day before the scheduled match that permission to use the ground had been rescinded.
GB Student Pioneers return from tense rugby league tour of Morocco
By Phil Caplan, Date: 4/7/13
The Great Britain Student Rugby League Pioneers have returned from an eventful trip to Morocco, where their playing schedule was interrupted by a combination of rugby union intrusion and unavailable facilities.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 19/4/13
The Moroccan Rugby League Federation, MRLF, has conducted a first coaching course since becoming officially recognised by the RLEF in 2012. The course was run by the French Federationâ€™s Thierry Dumaine, supported by FMRL coach-tutor candidate Anas Mansour, in Casablanca.
â€œThis signals a major development in our country,â€ said FMRL president Mustapha Jedoual. â€œI would like to take the opportunity to thank Thierry Dumaine for his visit, for his valuable advice and for the commitment he showed to our cause.â€
By Phil Caplan, Date: 31/5/13
The Great Britain Student Pioneers, who tour emerging countries in an effort to promote and develop rugby league will venture outside Europe for the first time since their formation in 2005, when they head to Morocco in June.
The Squad is assembled from players representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales students and has so far been to Estonia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Ukraine, Norway, Kazakhstan, Greece and Poland.