Johannesburg (AFP) – Morocco wants to head to Cameroon without putting Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech at a disadvantage and wait 46 years for the second title of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Kingdom of North Africa boasts one of the most powerful leagues on the continent, with its stars scattered throughout Europe, but the national team has not consistently achieved it in flagship tournaments.
Bosnia and Herzegovina-born coach Vahid Halilhodzic sees him as a “destructive influence,” and three-goal qualifying top scorer Ziyech has been frustrated.
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Halil Hodgitch led Morocco to the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup qualifying, but could miss the March playoffs, at least if he couldn’t reach the semi-finals in the Cup of Nations.
He took over the Frenchman Herve Renard in 2019 after Morocco shocked Benin in the last 16 cups and football federation chief Fouzi Lekjaa set a tough goal.
“The new coach is tasked with reaching the semi-finals of the next Africa Cup of Nations. If that goal is not achieved, the contract will automatically terminate,” said Lekjaa.
Halilhodzic hopes to repeat the scoring form shown when forwards Ayoub El Kaabi and Ryan Mmaee scored nine nets in the World Cup qualifiers at the end of last year.
Ghana is another country that hasn’t raised the Cup of Nations trophy for a long time in the last four victories in Libya 40 years ago.
Teenager Abedi Pele Ayu and his two sons, forwards Andre and Jordan, who appeared in the tournament, have been included in the interim team by Serbian coach Mirovan Layevac.
Arsenal’s midfielder Thomas Partey’s striking form encourages Black Star supporters, while Leicester defender Daniel Amartey is convened as another Premier League star.
Ghana is a combative outfit rather than a spectacular one, and in the worst case, it’s likely to runner-up to Morocco, proving a nasty knockout opponent.
Gabon didn’t go well with the recent Cup of Nations, he couldn’t reach the knockout stage in 2017 when he was the host, and he wasn’t even qualified for the final version.
There is little suggestion that they could dominate Cameroon, finish in third place behind Morocco and Ghana, and perhaps enter the best second round they can expect.
The Panthers’ hopes are heavily dependent on Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan. He was stripped of the club’s captain and resigned because he was reportedly returning late from his sick mother’s visit.
Former Gabon’s son, Aubameyan, will be hooked on his future with rumors that he may transfer, or use the Cup of Nations to show his predatory goalmouth instinct. mosquito?
Arriving in Cameroon is an amazing achievement for a team representing the archipelago off the southeastern coast of Africa with a population of less than 1 million.
The coelacanth (a rare fish) has been difficult to win at home for several years, but is not expected to be in the top two and qualifies for groups including seven-time champions Egypt, Kenya and Togo. I got it.
However, it improved in the form of winning in Togo and drawing in Kenya, and came in second after Egypt.
Amir Abdou has been a coach since 2014 and teams, including players from the lower French leagues, see the opening match against Gabon as their best chance of winning and third place.
AFP forecast: 1. Morocco, 2. Ghana, 3. Gabon, 4.Comoros
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