Report by CAF
Match: Morocco v Comoros
Date: 14 January 2022
Time: 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT)
Venue: Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde
On different ends after Match Day 1, Morocco and Comoros will enter their Group C matchday 2 of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 under different kinds of pressure.
Morocco – Early qualification
A valuable 1-0 win over Ghana gave Morocco the perfect start to their group campaign. And now the Atlas Lions know another win over debutants Comoros would mean an early qualification to the knockout stages.
Sofiane Boufal scored Morocco’s winner against the Black Stars and will be once more the target man for Vahid Halilodzic who still awaits fitness green light for a number of his stars who missed the opener.
What they said
Vahid Halilhodzic (Coach, Morocco)
“We had an important win in a tough game against Ghana. That win served to boost the mood of the team and the players. We come to this competition with a lot of ambition. It has been a long time since Morocco won the AFCON title. We are here to do our best and we are optimistic to make the Moroccan people happy.”
Yassine Bounou (Goalkeeper, Morocco)
“We are really focused for tomorrow’s game. Every game has its difficulties. Our team is ready, and our target is to continue making progress in this phase, then we will think about the next round. We will do everything to come out of the game with a victory.”
Comoros – Reviving hopes
Despite knowing how tough the mission is against favorites Morocco, debutants Comoros seem to accept the challenge and believe in their chance comes the game day.
A 1-0 defeat in their first ever AFCON appearance against Gabon was hurtful for coach Amir Abdou and his boys, but they proved they are not the team to underestimate in such a competition.
What they said
Amir Abdou (Coach, Comoros)
“We are facing a tough opponent. Morocco has a solid and composed group of good players and I believe they are a team that will go far in this competition. We tried to correct the mistakes made in the last game. believe that we will avoid them in this match. The team is confident, and we will take this game with a positive attitude.”
Fouad Bachirou (Player, Comoros)
“If I were to play, I hope to give my experience and help the team to have a good result. I think it will be an interesting game. Morocco are a team we know well and I believe we will have a tactically well-fought game. I also hope to pass on my experience to the younger players.”