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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 October 2005, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Morocco coach refuses to quit
Inas Mazhar
BBC Sport, Tunis

The result says Morocco is out now and this is all because of the referee
Morocco coach Badou Zaki

Morocco coach Badou Zaki plans to stay in charge of the Atlas Lions until after the 2006 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.

Zaki, Morocco's 1986 World Cup goalkeeper, had previously said he would quit after their final 2006 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia on Saturday.

"My contract is valid until 2006 and I am looking forward to the African Cup of Nations in Egypt," he told BBC Sport.

Morocco failed to qualify for Germany 2006 after they drew 2-2 with Tunisia.

Zaki blamed the officiating of Egyptian referee Essam Abdel-Fatah for their failure.

A win at Rades would have given the Atlas Lions passage to Germany.

"I am happy with our performance but the result says Morocco is out now and this is all because of the referee.

"I can't imagine such a referee in a decisive match," Zaki said.

Morocco remained undefeated in the group stages despite their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Tunisians are celebrating third consecutive qualification for the World Cup.

Fans started their celebrations from the 7 November stadium in Rades into the city centre, blowing their car horns and drumming, while others danced in the streets.

The African champions had to come back from behind to draw 2-2 against Morocco and secure their World Cup place.

"We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match because the Moroccans were tough opponents and the history of our derbies proved that," Hammouda Ben Hammar, the president of the Tunisian Football Federation, told BBC Sport.

"Despite the fact the Moroccans opened the scoring, I was confident of a victory.

"I was sure the players wouldn't disappoint the fans.

"We will be looking forward now to the African Nations Cup.

"We are the defending champions and we are determined to keep our title," Hammouda added.


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