Morocco, Cape Verde in search of first win
Morocco will look to ease the pressure on themselves by coming out victorious against in their second 2013 African Cup of Nations Group A match against Cape Verde at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The encounter will be the second match of the double header in Durban and it will kick-off at 8pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
Fans couldn’t have asked for a blander start to this year’s AFCON, with the opening two games of Group A having played out to goalless draws.
Cape Verde opened their account in the tournament’s curtain raiser against the host nation South Africa, but it failed to deliver on the vast expectations placed on it.
Poor final touches and a lack of finesse in front of goal was the only thing which stood out on the rain sodden field, but it will be a result the Blue Sharks will settle with, as they are just proud to be debuting in the tournament.
Nonetheless, overcoming four-times African Champions Cameroon, in the qualifiers, was by no means a small feat and they will certainly favour their chances ahead of a Moroccan side who struggle to remain consistent.
Much like the goalless draw between South African and Cape Verde, the Atlas Lions claimed their first point in the group following another draw which saw them shoot blanks at Angola.
A promising first half at the National Stadium was met with a threatening onslaught by the Palancas Negras, but a tight and sturdy defensive unit, lead by Udinese’s Mehdi Benatia, proved to have the upper hand once again for Rachid Taoussi’s side.
Younes Belhanda was a positive factor to bear witness to when he came on in the second half and immediately helped ease the Moroccan’s troubles. Should fitness be on his side, he is expected to be given the go-ahead to start on Wednesday.
Cape Verde and Morocco are the two highest ranked sides in the Group A and with a win needed for each team to see them potentially go top, the drought in front of goal is expected to come to an end for one of the teams at least.