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The Morocco national football team (), nicknamed أسود الأطلس (Lions of the Atlas), is the national team of Morocco and is managed by Badou Ezzaki. Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African and team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. They were also the first African team to make it to second round barely losing to eventual runners-up West Germany 1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal’s late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them. Glory came back in 2012 for the Moroccan National Team when they were victorious in the 2012 Arab Nations Cup defeating Libya in the final. On 5 February 2015, The CAF Executive Committee decided to suspend the Morocco national football team from the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2017 and 2019, and to impose on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation the regulatory fine of US$ 1 million, along with the sum of 8.05 million Euros in compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners as a result of the decision not to host 2015 edition.