By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
This is the first Africa Cup of Nations for Les Coelacantes of Comoros and their participation has not gone to plan thus far after losing their opening game. A 1-0 opening day defeat means the side have their tails in between their legs going into the game against Morocco.
Morocco v Comoros comes up this January 14 (5 pm local time) at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
French-born Head Coach Amir Abdou who has been with Comoros since 2014 will be hoping that the second time of asking the side picks either a point or maximum if they are to have any chance of being amongst the teams in the knockout phase of the competition.
And should Comoros fall against Morocco, they will claim a record held by Sudan, Benin, Burundi, Niger and Zimbabwe as being the sides who have lost their two opening matches. Comoros will become the sixth debutant to loss two successive AFCON games after Benin (2004), Zimbabwe (2004, Botswana (2012), Niger (2012) and Burundi (2019).
For Morocco, they team will be guaranteed a spot at the knockout phase with a victory over Comoros, joining host Cameroon in the process. Star man Soufiane Boufal was the heroe in Morocco’s lost match and he will be definitely called upon to produce same feat he did against the Black Stars of Ghana. And there is a record that Boufal will look to claim should be find the back of the net again.
Since Houssine Kharja in 2012 (he scored three goals in two consecutive games for Morocco), no Moroccoan player has come to close to scoring in consecutive AFCON games for his national team – Boufal could break that if he scores against Comoros.
This is definitely an interesting game to watch as careers and lifeline in the competition might be up in the air – Morocco for a place at the knockout phase while for Comoros, a chance to still have hopes in the competition. And when the two sides take to the pitch, it will be the first meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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