Canada Soccer reports that a pair of international friendly matches for Canada’s Men’s National Team are now on the FIFA international calendar. The two away matches are scheduled for Oct. 7 against Mauritania and Oct. 11 versus Morocco. Both matches will be played in Marrakech.
For this camp and series of matches, Canada Soccer staff coach Michael Findlay will lead the Men’s National Team as interim head coach. This will mark Canada’s first trip to Africa since November 2007 and their first match against an African opponent since a 1-1 draw with Ghana in October 2015 in Washington, DC.
In 2016, Morocco has posted five wins, three draws, and one loss in nine international matches. Morocco will face Gabon away on Oct. 8 before taking on the Canadians three days later. Mauritania, meanwhile, has posted two wins, two draws, and one loss in four international matches this year. Canada last played Mauritania in a two-match series in September 2013.
Canada has posted only two wins in their history against African nations, although in recent years they have the draw against Ghana plus a 0-0 draw and 1-0 loss to Mauritania in the 2013 series. Against Morocco, Canada lost 3-2 in their first encounter in 1984, but then drew 1-1 in their second meeting on June 1, 1994.