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AFCON 2023: Top favourites, Atlas Lions of Morocco lies in waiting for Bafana Bafana of South Africa

Posted : 30 January 2024

The final match in the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations will see Morocco take on South Africa at the Stade de San Pedro. The Atlas Lions of Morocco, though in better rankings, face huge pressure facing the slippery Bafana Bafana side, who have nothing to lose going into the match facing Morocco, who aim for their second AFCON title in history.


The Atlas Lions started the AFCON 2023 with a blistering match past group minnows, Tanzania, by a convincing 3-0 margin. However, their quest for a smooth run hit a snag in their second outing, a frustrating 1-1 draw against DR Congo, before finishing off the group stage with a 1-0 win over Zambia.


Walid Regragui's side finished the group stage with seven points, four ahead of the second-placed Congo DR, and will now look to dispatch South Africa for a place in the next round. Bafana Bafana are familiar foes for Morocco, having played them twice during the qualifying series for this tournament, with both teams picking up one win each.


The Atlas Lions, who have reached the quarterfinals in two of the last three AFCON editions, with 2019 being the exception, will be looking to go all the way to match their best performance, which was lifting the trophy in 1976.


Regragui, who was not on the bench in the win over Zambia, will be back on the touchline on Tuesday after CAF lifted the ban imposed on the 48-year-old following an incident in the aftermath of their group game against DR Congo.




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