Morocco look for big step toward qualification

0
60
Morocco vs Cameroon

Morocco will look to take a potentially decisive step toward qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they host Cameroon at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Friday, 16 November 2018, kick-off at 21h00 CAT.

Morocco comes into the match placed second on the Group B log with seven points, just one behind leaders Cameroon. Third-placed Malawi is three points behind the Atlas Lions, while Comoros are at the foot of the table with two points.

The North African heavyweights were last in action in October, claiming four points from their back-to-back matches against Comoros. The Atlas Lions won 1-0 at home before drawing the return leg 2-2.

Cameroon recorded similar results last month in their double-header with Malawi. The Indomitable Lions won 1-0 at home and drew 0-0 in the away match.

While Cameroon’s place in the 2019 finals is already assured (due to their status of hosts), Morocco will be hoping to secure their 17th AFCON tournament appearance. The Atlas Lions will book their ticket if they defeat Cameroon and Malawi fail to win away to Comoros in the first match on Saturday (which will be played in Moroni).

Morocco coach Herve Renard continues to scour for new talent and has called Dutch-born AZ Alkmaar attacker Oussama Idrissi for the match (though it remains to be seen whether the player will switch his international allegiance), adding to an already talented squad which features stars such as Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri and Sofiane Boufal.

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf will hope for a win in Casablanca to convince his critics, and he has named a strong squad which includes a recall for Arnaud Djoum, though key figures such as Nicolas N’Koulou and Vincent Aboubakar are notable absentees.

Morocco v Cameroon – Head-to-Head

In head-to-head stats, Morocco and Cameroon have met in 11 previous matches according to FIFA’s statistics database. The Indomitable Lions boast an unbeaten record in the rivalry (six wins and five draws) and beat the Atlas Lions 1-0 in Yaounde when the teams met in the first round of group stage qualifiers back in June 2017.

Matches played 11
Morocco wins 0
Cameroon wins 6
Draws 5

Last five results (most recent first)

Morocco D W W D L
Cameroon D W D L W