After the World Cup where Morocco exited early but left very good impression last year taking a point against Spain and being fully competitive against Portugal and Iran – they didn’t have really difficult task qualifying for the African Cup of Nations.
They were drawn together with Cameroon, Comoros, and Malawi, losing only to Cameroon away but showing quite an unconvincing face in their matches on the road too.
The squad is packed with quality for the African standards, with the team having no fresh injury worries.
Most of the players play in European top leagues, excluding veterans such as defender Benatia (Al-Duhail), midfielders Boussouga (Al-Shabab) and El Ahmadi (Al-Ittihad) and forward Amrabat (Al-Nassr). Ajax’s striker Ziyech should be now one of the biggest stars in the squad.
Namibia is one of the nations that benefited from enlarging the number of participants since they were drawn in a qualifying group together with Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and Zambia.
Quite an even group where they had 2-2-2 record and a negative goal difference, but still managed to progress further as second. They have surprisingly won over Ghana more than ten days ago with a 1:0 result in their only preparational game.
There is very little real quality in their roster since the team mostly consists of players from the domestic and South African league. Although their results are improving, it’s still early for them to get involved more seriously – probably being one of the weakest links in the whole competition.
It’s one of the rare games of the first round where I believe we could see more than a couple of goals. The way Moroccans looked in important competitive matches recently is quite improving and positive.
They do have a certain quality in the midfield and attack that can’t be easily matched within the African continent. After all, Morocco is able to score three goals alone with the Namibians do approach their matches openly than more disciplined defensive sides.
If they take the game seriously, move the ball decently fine, this could be an easier winner than what the odds currently suggest.
Tvmoca propose : Morocco & Over 2.5 Goals