Morocco, considered favorites in the Africa Cup of Nations, aim to progress significantly towards the competition’s knockout stages as they face Congo DR at Stade Laurent Pokou this Sunday. Group F also includes Zambia and Tanzania, with the latter two teams clashing right after the Morocco vs. Congo DR match.
Despite winning the tournament only once in 1976 and reaching the final in 2004, Morocco currently boasts what is arguably their most talented squad. Their recent historic fourth-place finish in the World Cup in Qatar has raised expectations. In their tournament opener, the Atlas Lions lived up to the hype with a convincing 3-0 victory over Tanzania, showcasing not only their formidable attack but also their defensive prowess by limiting Tanzania to just two shots on goal.
Morocco, under Walid Regragui’s management, displayed strong attacking capabilities, evidenced by their 14 shots on goal, with seven on target in their previous game. Their ability to start games well is evident from leading at halftime in their last four matches. Over their last five games, they have scored 12 goals, averaging over two goals per 90 minutes.
While Morocco enters this game as the clear favorites, historical matchups suggest that Congo DR has performed well against the Atlas Lions in AFCON competition, making it premature to dismiss them.