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Understanding Why Morocco is engaged in friendlies during AFCON 2023 qualifiers

by Lesley Ngwa
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The Atlas Lions of Morocco have not joined the rest of the continent in the race for a ticket to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) during this March FIFA window.

The 1976 AFCON champions and runners-up in 2004 were supposed to play against Zimbabwe in match day three and four. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe was suspended from all football related activities last year due to government intervention in the management of the country’s football.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has rather engaged its national team in friendly games against Peru and five-time World champions Brazil.

Morocco, 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalist will face Brazil this Saturday evening at the Grand Stade de Tangier, before heading to Spain for another cracker against Peru at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitan stadium.

Walid Regragui’s men sealed qualification for the 19th AFCON finals on Friday without kicking a ball on the match day after Group rivals South Africa and Liberia shared the spoils at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa.

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