Morocco’s Regragui cleared for South Africa showdown as ban overturned

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Jan 2024

Morocco national team coach Walid Regragui will be back on the touchline for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round of 16 clash against South Africa after the Appeals Commission of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) overturned his suspension on Friday.

Walid Regragui
Morocco's head coach Walid Regragui gestures during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) group F football match between Morocco and Tanzania at Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro on January 17, 2024. Photo: AFP


Regragui was initially hit with a four-match ban, with two suspended, following a heated exchange with DR Congo captain Chancel Mbemba at the end of their group stage encounter, which led to involvement from both benches. The incident also drew a fine from CAF.

The suspension forced Regragui to watch his side's final group game against Zambia from the stands.

However, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) swiftly appealed the decision, and it has now been successful.

"The CAF Appeal Committee has overturned the previously imposed suspension against the national team coach. This decision was made after considering the arguments presented by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF)," announced the Federation.

With the suspension lifted, Regragui will now be able to lead the Atlas Lions in their highly anticipated AFCON round of 16 match against South Africa on Tuesday.

Morocco secured their place in the knockout stage as the winners of Group F, accumulating 7 points by defeating Tanzania and Zambia, and drawing with DR Congo.

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