Morocco, the highest ranked African team according to FIFA rankings start their AFCON journey on Wednesday against Tanzania. The Atlas Lion ranks 13th in the world football. In Africa they are the top ranked team in the tournament.
Their current position is primarily due to their resurgence under new head coach Walid Regragui. The team made history at the 2022 World Cup after reaching the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup, becoming the first African and Arab nation to get to that stage.
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Morocco are considered favorites against Tanzania, making only their third AFCON appearance. Despite shocks in the tournament’s early days, Morocco’s confidence persists. They boast a talented squad featuring stars like Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech. Their straightforward qualification included topping Group K, while Tanzania, with limited experience, secured their AFCON spot as Group F runners-up. Morocco, participating in their 19th AFCON, seeks to improve their modest record of one win in 1976.
In contrast, Tanzania is the only team to take points from Algeria during the qualifiers. They face the challenge of surpassing their prior group-stage exits in only their third AFCON outing. Tanzania embarks on its third Africa Cup of Nations appearance, historically struggling with bottom-group finishes in 1980 and 2019. They have failed to secure a clean sheet in six AFCON matches, sharing this poor record with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia. Tanzania scored the fewest goals during qualifying matches among all nations currently participating in AFCON 2023. They scored three goals, with two goals credited to Simon Msuva.
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Judging by Morocco’s performance in Qatar and their current form, they will be too strong for Tanzania to handle in this clash. The last time Morocco won the AFCON was in 1976. They are the tournament’s favorite, and this could be their chance to reclaim the title.
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