Rabat – Morocco has requested 8,000 tickets for local fans wishing to attend the upcoming decisive game against the Cote d’Ivoire Elephants on November 11, according to a source at the Moroccan Royal Football Federation.The Moroccan daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia previously said that the federation will receive around 8,000 tickets from the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation for Moroccan fans to attend the game, due to take place in the Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium in Abidjan.However, a source close to the matter told Morocco World News that the football federation of the host country has not yet responded to the request of its Moroccan counterpart. The source specified that FRMF wants to reserve half of tickets for travelling fans and the other half for Moroccan nationals living in Cote d’Ivoire.Media outlets previously stated that FRMF is seeking to get around 3,000 to 5,000 Moroccan fans travel to Cote d’Ivoire to cheer for the Atlas Lions. Media outlets previously stated that FRMF is seeking to get around 3,000 to 5,000 Moroccan fans travel to Cote d’Ivoire to cheer for the Atlas Lions, which means way less than the new figure of 8,000. MWN source specified that FRMF wants to get around 4,000 tickets for travelling fans and the rest for Moroccan nationals living in Cote d’Ivoire.Moroccan fans have been nurturing the World Cup dream for many years since their national team’s last appearance in the tournament 19 years ago. FRMF, our source said, is putting a tremendous effort to help realize the wish of millions of Moroccan football fans across the kingdom and abroad.Earlier in October Moroccan sports officials and the state-run airline company Royal Air Maroc promised aficionados of the national team reduced prices of round tickets and free access to Félix Houphouët Boigny stadium.However, fears grew in the past few days that Moroccan fans might not be to travel to Abidjan in as large number as they had wished, following statements by the head of an Cote d’Ivoire fan group who said that Moroccans would receive a maximum of 201 seats.“We’d like to tell them that there aren’t enough seats in Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium. We won’t let them take our seats,” said Parfait Kouassi, the head of Comité National de Soutien aux Éléphants (CNSE).Kouassi said that Cote d’Ivoire fans received “200 seats in a stadium with 60,000 seats capacity” during the first game between the two teams in Marrakech in November 2016, promising that Moroccans would receive a similar treatment in Abidjan.“To pay them back what they did to us, Moroccan fans will only get 201 seats,” he said sarcastically.The game will decide whether Cote d’Ivoire or Morocco will book Group C’s only ticket for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Morocco has nine points out of five games, followed by Ivory Coast with eight points.Decisive matchMillions of Lions fans in and outside Morocco have their eyes set on a win, or even a draw, that would allow the national team to participate in the World Cup for the first time in two decades.Morocco had previously participated four times in the 1970, 1986, 1994, and 1998.In 1986 Morocco became the first Arabic and African team to qualify for the second round in the World Cup finals despite facing strong teams such as England and Portugal, before losing to Germany, the tournament’s runner up.
EIRCOM HAS ANNOUNCED a double digit fall in revenues and earnings for the year to the end of June.Revenues for the year to the end of June fell by €174m to €1.5bn, while the company’s earnings before interest adn tax fell by €104m to €542m.The company continued to shed retail broadband customers but the number of mobile phone customers it had grew by 4 per cent to 1,076,000.“The performance of the business continues to decline, but this was in line with our expectations. We must do more to retain our customers, stabilise our revenues and grow our profitability” said Herb Hribar, Eircom CEO.He said that the telecoms market is witnessing intense competition from other operators, but that the company was endeavouring to do what it could to return to fortunes.“Eircom will do more to fight for, retain existing customers and even win back former customers,” he said.Vanishing phoneboxes doc represents Ireland in China fest>