Morocco will face Tanzania in the African Cup of Nations on January 17 at Laurent Pokou Stadium.
Morocco is now aiming to win just its 2nd Africa Cup championship, having become the 1st African team to advance to the World Cup semifinals in Qatar previously. At the World Cup in Qatar, Walid Regragui’s team overcame Portugal, Spain, and Belgium before losing to France, the eventual winners. In 1976, Regragui was born, only 6 months old, the year they won their sole Africa Cup. With support from Achraf Hakimi of Paris Saint-Germain in the back, he is now aiming for a repeat. Players like Hakim Ziyech, Achraf Hakimi, Yaccine Bounou, Sofyan Amrabat, and Youssef En-Nesyri are now on the team. In their last 13 AFCON games, Morocco has dropped just 1 in ninety minutes of play. But in the previous 3 AFCONs, the team has never advanced past the quarterfinals.
Although Tanzania’s performance to this point doesn’t give me much hope, stranger things have happened. In the 6 AFCON games that the East African country has participated in, it has lost all except 1, drawn 1, and won nothing. Against past winners, it doesn’t seem like Adel Amrouche’s team will win for the first time in Ivory Coast. But the might of captain Mbwana Samatta and Saimon Msuva, who have a history of conjuring significant goals in their careers, will have the aforementioned big squads cautious. Tanzania is FIFA’s lowest-ranked African team in the competition. Their manager Adel Amrouche has led a team with almost little football history to Africa’s top tournament. The team primarily uses domestic players, although they also have players like Tarryn Allarakhia and Haji Mnoga, who play for Weldstone and Aldershot, respectively. This is only Tanzania’s third appearance in the African Cup of Nations, and they will be looking to leave an impression against good teams.
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Morocco vs Tanzania Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024
- Time: 12:00 PM EST
- Location: Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium
- Morocco vs Tanzania Live Stream: beIN Sports