Held in check by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco wants to secure its first place in Group F. To do this, it must not lose against Zambia, in search of his qualification for the rest of the CAN.
Qualified before even having to present yourself in the field. Morocco, with a victory and a draw in its bag, took advantage of the match. results in the other groups to punch their ticket for the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations (CAN). A formality for the semi-finalist of the last World Cup and among the favorites for the continental title, and above all good news as he advances towards this last match of groups escorted' oacute; by a tense atmosphere.
An investigation and a return?
Indeed, yesterday Tuesday, January 23, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ordered: the opening of an investigation into the altercation which took place at the outcome of the draw between Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo (1-1). Walid Regragui would thus have had words à against Chancel Mbemba, which would then have escalated the situation and led to the attack. a heated one. At a press conference, the Moroccan coach insisted on calm the spirits by indicating that if he had indeed insulted the defender of Olympique de Marseille, he had in no case made racist remarks towards him. towards him.
This adjustment made, he switched to towards the sporting event against Zambia, much more important in order to maintain the good dynamics of his team and above all to ensure first place in Group F. Confident, he can count on a squad which has its proofs and &agrav; even indicated that Mazaraoui could make his return to the group. Absent during the first two matches due to a calf injury, the Bayern Munich player would be recovered. If it seems unlikely that he will start, it is not impossible to imagine that his coach will grant him some minutes to be able to get back into rhythm, in preparation for the rest of the competition.
Zambia has "nothingà lose"
If Morocco is in an ideal position, that of Zambia has the merit of to be clear enough. One defeat and everything will end for the winner of the 2012 edition under the leadership of Herv' oacute; Fox. Twelve years later, the Chipolopolos dream of repeating the surprise of their glorious elders but for that, they already need to do so. extricate yourself from Group F.
"We have nothing " lose, because we are playing against the best team in Africa. There is no doubt that Moroccans have incredible individual qualities. You have to show character and assert yourself", Avram Grant told journalists yesterday. A character that his men demonstrated in particular during the previous match by managing to win. hanging on to a draw while they were down and progressed. &agrav; 10 for more than one half.
"It's a very important match. This will be crucial for us after the draw against Tanzania (…) We know that Morocco is better than us, but it's not always the best who wins' ;quot;, addedé the former manager of Chelsea, the club he took with him. in the final of the Champions League in 2008. If the means are not the same, the man has experience at a high level and knows how to lead a group. A threat à take it seriously for Moroccans, who are determined to take it seriously. show that they are a reference on the continent.
The Group F match, counting for the 3rd day of the CAN, between Zambia and Morocco will take place at from 9 p.m. (8 p.m. local time), on the west side from the Laurent-Pekou stadium, à San-Pédro.
The Group F match, counting for the 3rd day of the CAN, between Zambia and Morocco will be broadcast live and exclusively. on beIN Sport 1.
The meeting between Lubambo Musonda's Zambia and Achraf Hakimi's Morocco will be available in streaming on the MyCanal platform.
Betclic: Zambia: 5.75/Draw: 3.88/Morocco: 1.52~60/p>
Parions Sport: Zambia: 5.70/Draw: 3.90/Morocco: 1.54
Winamax: Zambia: 6.50/Nul: 3.75/Morocco: 1.56~60/p>
Zambia: Mulenga – Chepeschi, Sunzu, F. Musonda, L. Musonda – Kapumbu – Sakala, Kangwa, E. Banda, L. Banda – Daka.
Morocco: Bounou – Hakimi, Aguerd, Saïss (cap.), Chibi – Amrabat, Amallah, Ounahi – Ziyech, Boufal, En-Nesyri.