The upcoming set of Group F matches at the Africa Cup of Nations will feature Zambia facing Tanzania at Stade de San Pedro on Sunday afternoon. The current group leaders, Morocco, will play against second-placed Congo DR earlier in the day at the same venue.
Zambia, making a return to the AFCON after missing the last three editions, aimed for their first tournament win since their surprising victory in 2012 when they competed against Congo DR on Wednesday. Despite facing challenges in creating goal-scoring opportunities, managing only three shots against Congo DR, they secured a crucial point with a 1-1 draw.
In the first half of the match, Avram Grant’s team took the lead as Kings Kangwa scored skillfully from 25 yards, capitalizing on Lionel Mpasi being off his line while attempting to tackle Patson Daka.
The draw with the former African champions followed Morocco’s impressive 3-0 win over 10-man Tanzania in the opening fixture at the same stadium.
Although Zambia didn’t secure a victory in their initial match, they recognize the chance to claim three points against an opponent they haven’t lost to in their last four encounters, having won twice and drawn twice in previous meetings.
Few had anticipated Tanzania making a significant impact in their initial tournament clash with Morocco, but what raised more concerns was their lack of offensive prowess throughout the entire 90-minute match.
The Taifa Stars could only muster two touches in Morocco’s penalty area, marking their lowest count in an Africa Cup of Nations game. This also stood as the lowest among all teams in the first round of matches.
Following their defeat, Tanzania is still in pursuit of their first-ever victory in AFCON history, having suffered six losses and managing only one draw in the seven matches they have participated in the competition.
Compounding Tanzania’s challenges, Adel Amrouche has been handed an eight-match suspension by the Tanzania Football Federation. This disciplinary action stems from a complaint filed by Morocco, alleging that the Taifa Stars’ manager had made derogatory remarks about the Atlas Lions.
In the aftermath of Amrouche’s suspension, Hemed Morocco has assumed the role of Tanzania’s interim coach for the remainder of the tournament. He will receive assistance from Juma Mgunda during this period.
After failing to secure victories in their initial matches, both nations are gearing up for the upcoming weekend with the aim of regaining momentum and steering their pursuit of continental success back on course.