AFCON 23: Morocco eyes continued dominance against DR Congo


Following an impressive 3-0 victory over Tanzania, Morocco sets its sights on extending their success as they face DR Congo in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The joint-largest winning margin in the first round showcased Walid Regragui’s team’s prowess, building on their 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-final achievement.

Morocco’s recent H2H dominance against DR Congo, with a three-game unbeaten run (W1, D2), adds to their confidence. The Atlas Lions have won their last four internationals and aim to erase the memory of their penalty shootout defeat in the 1984 AFCON, denying them a knockout stage appearance.

DR Congo, coming off a 1-1 draw against Zambia, strives to overcome their recent struggles against Morocco. Sébastien Desabre, well-acquainted with Moroccan football from managing Wydad AC, seeks defensive solidity to counter Morocco’s attacking prowess. The Leopards, scoring in each of their last four H2H meetings, aim to capitalize on Morocco’s occasional defensive lapses.

Key players to watch include Youssef En-Nesyri, who broke a goal drought with a strike against Tanzania, and Wissa, the scorer of DR Congo’s equalizer against Zambia. As both teams bring contrasting strengths, Morocco seeks to maintain its winning streak, while DR Congo aims for an upset to reshape their AFCON destiny. With the spotlight on tactics and talent, the upcoming clash promises intense football action in the AFCON arena.

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