Moroccan triumph in the African Cup of Nations
The Moroccan team, which shone as fourth in the last World Cup, sealed its leadership in group F, advancing to the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
With the certainty of progress to the next round, the Moroccans secured first place by beating Zambia by one goal to zero, accumulating seven points, surpassing the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Zambia, with only two points, and Tanzania were eliminated in a group that proved to be affordable for the team that surprised at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, led by Walid Regragui.
Regragui’s tactical decisions
Morocco coach Walid Regragui, former Racing Santander player between 2004 and 2007, made notable tactical decisions by leaving Valencia CF player Selim Amallah in the stands, along with other teammates such as Romain Saiss, Mehdi Benabid and Noussair Mazraoui . The victory came thanks to the solitary goal from one of the stars, Galatasaray left-footer Hakim Ziyech.
Impact on Valencia CF
With the passage of the two Valencians confirmed for the round of 16, Valencia faces the loss of Amallah and Diakhaby in the next match against Atlético de Madrid at the Metropolitano. Morocco, for its part, will face South Africa in the first round of qualifying on Tuesday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m.
In case of victory, Guinea would face the winner of Egypt-Congo on February 2, while Morocco would play the quarterfinals against the winner of Cape Verde-Mauritania on February 3. In no case would both teams reach the clash on February 3 in Almería.