AFCON Last-16 Showdown: Ban on Moroccan Trainer Walid Regragui Revoked

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CAF Appeal Committee Annuls Suspension of Moroccan Coach Walid Regragui

In an unexpected ruling, the Appeal Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has overturned Walid Regragui’s two-match ban. The coach of the Moroccan national football team is now allowed to lead the Atlas Lions in their must-awaited clash against South Africa in the last-16 match of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The information comes from the well-regarded sources within Reader Wall.

Victorious Under Pressure

Despite conflicting events, the Moroccan team managed to secure their place in the knockout stage. They finished as Group F leaders accumulating 7 points, after registering victories over Tanzania, Zambia, and a hard-fought draw against the team from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The suspension was initially inflicted as a result of a misunderstanding with DR Congo’s captain Chancel Mbemba, which resulted in a scuffle between the players and supporting staff. In turn, it led to Morocco’s coach Regragui being secluded to the stands for the final group game against Zambia.

An Uplift for Morocco

The lifting of the ban on Regragui has provided essential moral support for the Moroccan team. With him on the forefront, the team has witnessed unparalleled triumphs, including an extraordinary feat of advancing to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup. Regragui’s presence for Morocco’s imminent do-or-die match against South Africa is expected to be a crucial factor for the team.

Cancellation of Fine

Along with suspending Regragui’s ban, the CAF also dismissed the fine that was initially imposed on him. Both the suspension lift and the fine cancellation were formally stated on January 26, 2024, barely in time for the critical knockout stage match in the prestigious continental competition. This information is confirmed by exclusive sources at Reader Wall.

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