Moroccos Football Team Drops to 47th in October FIFA Ranking

Rabat – Morocco’s national team sits in the 47th spot in the latest FIFA rankings for October 2018, having lost two places.Morocco’s performance against Comoros may have affected the Atlas Lions’ position in the list.Morocco barely managed to win its first Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier game against Comoros 1-0.  The second Morocco-Comoros game finished with a 2-2 draw. In FIFA’s September ranking, the team claimed 45th place after having dropped five spots to 46th in August.Morocco remains fifth in Africa. Tunisia is 1st in Africa and 22nd internationally. Senegal is 2nd in Africa and 25th internationally. Nigeria is 3rd in Africa (44th globally) and the Republic of Congo is 4th in Africa (46th globally). Morocco will play its next CAN qualifier game on November 16 in Casablanca against Cameroon, which comes 6th in Africa and 51st internationally. The last time Morocco played against Cameroon was in October 2017 in Yaounde, in their first of the two CAN qualifier games for the 2019 competition. Morocco lost the game 1-0.Morocco and Cameroon have played 11 games against each other. They tied four times, and Morocco lost seven times.To earn a better position in the next FIFA ranking, the Atlas Lions will have to prove they can play better than they did two weeks ago against Comoros. read more

Huffman takes unpaid leaveofabsence

A vote will be missing around the Norfolk council table for the next month.Waterford-area Coun. Kim Huffman served notice this week that she is  taking an unpaid leave-of-absence from her council duties while she campaigns for the local Liberals in the Oct. 21 federal election.Huffman did not attend Tuesday’s council meeting. Mayor Kristal Chopp relayed Huffman’s decision to the public.“Being a woman and a wife and a mother of four, sometimes I think I can do everything,” Huffman said Wednesday.“But I can’t believe how it has amped up over the past week. It’s crazy. It’s a lot. There aren’t enough hours in a day.”Not only does Huffman have dozens of Liberal volunteers counting on her every day, there is a lot of geography to overcome as well. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk has an area of 3,000 square kilometres.Huffman said a campaign event in Port Rowan or Dunnville can occupy the better part of a day due to travel time alone.“I didn’t want to do just an adequate job at both,” Huffman said. “It’s a large riding.”Huffman will not collect her council pay during her leave.In the interim, Ward 7 constituents who have an issue are asked to relay their thoughts and concerns to Huffman’s seven council colleagues. Huffman says all council members subscribe to the “all-Norfolk approach” that was frequently mentioned during last fall’s municipal election.Huffman added that constituents should not expect the mayor to tend to ward issues because the latter is occupied with a full slate of county-wide concerns.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more