AFCON action heats up this weekend as Morocco and DR Congo go head-to-head at Stade de San Pédro. Group F leaders, Morocco, are determined to maintain their position, while DR Congo, currently in second place, eyes a crucial victory to challenge for the group lead.
The upcoming match is crucial for both teams, as it could determine their progress in the tournament.
About the game
Morocco’s assertive display in their tournament opener dismissed any notions of an upset against a struggling Tanzanian side. Starting relatively subduedly, the Atlas Lions gained momentum after the first water break. Romain Saiss capitalized on a Hakim Ziyech free kick, initiating their commanding performance. As Tanzania went down to ten men due to a reckless challenge, Morocco’s confidence soared. Ziyech showcased his prowess, contributing to late goals from Azzedine Ounahi and Youssef En-Nesyri. The tournament favorites left a lasting impression on rivals with their dominant showing.
The Democratic Republic of Congo drew 1-1 with Zambia in their group opener. Kings Kangwa cleverly scored for Zambia in the 23rd minute, but their lead was short-lived as Yoane Wissa equalized for the Congolese just four minutes later. Despite the Democratic Republic of Congo’s dominance throughout the match, especially in the latter stages, they failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities, resulting in a missed chance to secure a victory.
The AFCON tale for DR Congo in the 21st century is one of regret despite a wealth of talent in their roster. They suffered three group-stage exits and failed to qualify for three consecutive tournaments between 2008 and 2012. Madagascar defeated them in the round of 16 of 2019 and didn’t participate in the most recent AFCON edition. They hope to turn the tide with this season’s appearance.
The Best Betting Odds for Morocco vs DR Congo
Morocco will look to wrap up their group qualification early by targeting a second victory in the group but will meet some resistance from the DR Congo side needing a resurgence.
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