As AFCON 2023 continues to deliver surprises, Group F takes the spotlight on Day 5 with Morocco aiming to break North African struggles, facing Tanzania in a David vs Goliath clash.
Meanwhile, DR Congo and Zambia gear up for an intriguing battle to conclude the first round of group-stage matches. Here’s a detailed look at both matchups:
“We have been preparing well for this match for a long time,”Morocco Coach Walid Regragui ahead of facing Tanzania
Morocco vs Tanzania – 20:00 EAT
Tournament favourites Morocco take on underdogs Tanzania in the more highly anticipated clashes of the group stage.
While some African football giants have faced unexpected challenges in the tournament and last out to minnows, Morocco remains a formidable force.
Coach Walid Regragui, aware of the unpredictable nature of recent results, emphasized his team’s focus on securing three points.
“Since the start of the competition, there haven’t been any easy matches. Our first match is important for us to enter the competitive atmosphere,” Regragui said, noting that the Atlas Lions’ goal is to win to boost the players’ confidence.
“We have been preparing well for this match for a long time,” he said, noting that his players should respect the Tanzanian national team.
Despite some uncertainties with a few players, the Atlas Lions boast a strong defensive lineup and a potent attacking force led by Youssef En-Nesyri.
On the Tanzanian side, coach Adel Amrouche acknowledges the achievements of Morocco but sparked controversy by questioning CAF decisions.
“Currently, the FRMF is a confirmed power in the African football world, in the last match against Morocco, they forced us to play in the evening when we wanted to play in the early afternoon,” Amrouche claimed in a televised statement to an Algerian TV channel.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Tanzania’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Morocco, Amrouch seemingly retracted his statement, instead praising the Moroccan team.
“The Moroccan team speaks for itself … it is one of the best teams in the world,” he added.
Tanzania aims to grow and develop in the competition with a young team.
The challenge lies in their attack, with captain Mbwana Samatta leading the frontline but seeking more support for a formidable challenge against Morocco.
DR Congo vs Zambia – 23:00 EAT
In the second clash, DR Congo, under coach Sébastien Desabre’s positive momentum, faces Zambia, led by experienced coach Avram Grant.
DR Congo’s defence, anchored by Chancel Mbemba, is in excellent form, and a dynamic attack featuring Cédric Bakambu poses a threat. Zambia, emphasizing a strong start, looks to avoid being overwhelmed by Congo’s attack.
Captain Stoppila Sunzu leads the defence, and Leicester City’s Patson Daka spearheads the Zambian attack.
The opening minutes are crucial for Zambia, as Grant aims to establish control early on. The match promises to be entertaining, with both teams seeking a strong start in this evenly-matched encounter.
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