Morocco, Burkinabe Battle

Iajour Mouhssine often Morocco evades challenge from Partson Jaure of Zimbabwe
Iajour Mouhssine often Morocco evades challenge from Partson Jaure of Zimbabwe

Morocco will be hoping to secure their first win of the CAF African Nations Championships when they meet Burkina Faso on matchday two at Athlone Stadium on Thursday evening.

The Burkinabes enter their second match in the Cape Town winless and fresh off a 2-1 defeat to a surprisingly impressive Ugandan side last Sunday evening.

Cryille Bayala’s goal two minutes from time merely proved to be a consolation strike after Yunus Sentamu put the central of Africans two-goal up after 77 minutes.

Their performance was a bit off the pace from the refreshing displays they displayed in last year’s African Cup of Nations in South Africa, but one that they will push to improve on.

Morocco conversely enters the fixture after having seen their debut in the tournament proper play out to a 0-0 draw against one of the competition favourites, Zimbabwe.

Hassan Benabicha stated in the midweek that his full intention for this tournament was to integrate several youngsters into the first team in hope of seeing them feature in next year’s African Cup of Nations.

However, he only featured two players born in the ‘90s, Walid El Karti and Anas Al Asahi, opting for a more experienced squad to come up against the seasoned campaigners of international tournaments.

A similar approach is expected to be utilized by the newly appointed coach on Thursday evening where he will hope that the Raja Casablanca players will up their game like they did in the FIFA Club World Cup.

A win would put Morocco right up their for a spot in the final eight, while a defeat for Burkina Faso will mean elimination from the tournament.

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