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AFCON 2023: Fumbling Morocco plays 1-1 draw against DR Congo in Group F

Posted : 21 January 2024

Africa's foremost team, ranked 13th in the world, the Atlas Lions of Morocco, played a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Leopard of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Stade de San Pedro on Sunday in the second match of Group F.

Moroccan Coach Walid Regragui, known worldwide as "Bald Head" during the last World Cup, may face the Disciplinary Committee of the CAF organizing the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, as he confronted DRC Defender Mbemba for allegedly denying Morocco a penalty by pretending to be wounded by an apparent handball. The referee refused to pay attention to this incident.

The referee, probably acting on the known antics of North African teams to intimidate officials for last-minute penalty kicks, was on the lookout. The center referee, a 41-year-old Professor of Agricultural Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya.

The Moroccan coach seemed to have made unpleasant comments after the blast of the final whistle to Mbemba, who reacted disrespectfully to the coach. The players' tempers rose, leading to a rowdy situation.

It is in CAF's character not to tolerate attempts to bring the game into disrepute, and they may summon the coach and some players after the Match Commissioner submits his report.

Hakimi Ziyach had opened the scoring in the 6th minute against PSG's Achraf Hakimi, giving Morocco a feeling that DRC would be defeated in the game.


AFCON 2023: Achraf Hakimi on target as Morocco draw DR Congo

DRC played man-to-man, facing the first African team to have reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Despite a penalty advantage, the Moroccan goalkeeper successfully stopped the kick taken by Galatasaray player Cedric Bakambu in the 42nd minute.

In the 76th minute, Elia provided an assist to Germany's Stuttgart player Silas Katampe Mvumpa, who scored the equalizer.

Morocco still leads the group with 4 points, scoring 4 goals and conceding a lone goal. DRC is in 2nd place with 2 points, scoring 2 goals and conceding 2. Zambia has 1 point, scored a goal, and conceded a lone goal, while Tanzania is yet to score any points and has a 3-goal deficit.



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