By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Ahead of Group C opener pitting the Atlas Lions of Morocco against the Black Stars of Ghana, team Morocco may face Ghana without five kingpin of the team, an uncertain future for the Moroccans.
Morocco’s top goalscorer of the CHAN 2018 Ayoub El Kaabi who plays for Hatayspor, Sevilla’s striker Youssef En-Nesyri, Ferencváros’ forward Ryan Mmaee and Aymen Barkok, Fortuna Düsseldorf’s midfielder maestro as reported may all be absent from coach Vahid Halilhodžić squad in the hours ahead after being tested positive of COVID-19.
Meanwhile Al Ahly’s Centre back Badr Benoun, has sustained an injury and was absent from Morocco’s final training session yesterday January 9, 2021.
The absence of three reputable skippers, one midfielder and a confident defender seems to be a big blow for the Moroccan side, thus coach Vahid Halilhodžić will have to seek other alternatives should he want to grab the first three points in the ongoing 33rd edition, second 24 nations tournament.
Ghana’s National Team after trainings in Cameroon and COVID-19 tests conducted, the team is waxing strong and save ahead of the fierce battle.
Both teams will look horns at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium Monday January 10, 2022 at 5pm. Counting for the first game of group C.
Morocco squad for Afcon 2021
Yassine Bounou (Sevilla, Spain), Monir El Kajoui, (Hatayspor, Turkey), Anas Zniti (Raja Casablanca, Morocco).
Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Sofiane Alakouch (Metz, France), Souffian El Karouani (NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands), Adam Masina (Watford, England), Sofian Chakla (OH Leuven, Belgium), Samy Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Romain Saiss (Wolves, England), Nayef Aguerd (Rennes, France).
Aymen Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina, Italy), Faycal Fajr (Sivaspor, Turkey), Azzedine Ounahi (Angers, France), Ilias Chair (QPR, England), Imran Louza (Watford, England), Selim Amallah (Standard Liege, Belgium).
Forwards: Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla, Spain), Zakaria Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Barcelona, Spain), Sofiane Boufal (Angers, France), Ryan Mmaee (Ferencvaros, Hungary), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla, Spain), Ayoub El Kaabi (Hatayspor, Turkey).
Ghana Afcon 2021 squad
Joseph Wolacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen)
Andy Yiadom (Reading FC), Philemon Baffuor (Dreams FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg FC), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Khalid Abdul Mumin (Vitoria de Guimaraes)
Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca), Edmund Addo (Sherif Tiraspol), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal FC), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli), David Abagna (Real Tamale United)
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha), Kamal Deen Suleymana (Rennes FC), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd SC), Joseph Paintsil (Genk)
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor)
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