After conceding a draw against Rwanda and missing the opportunity to qualify, Morocco will have to redouble its efforts against Uganda, to hope to retain its continental title, Tuesday in Douala, and thus validate its ticket for the quarters of final.
Morocco had beaten, last Monday, on behalf of the 1st day, Togo by the score of 1 to 0, on a goal from Yahia Jabrane in the 26 ′ on penalty, before missing the boat Friday to qualify from the second match against Rwanda, on the second day (group C). Ammouta’s men were ineffective in front of goal and were content with a disappointing white draw.
In this sense, the national team of local players will not have the right to make mistakes against their Ugandan counterpart on Tuesday, on behalf of the 3rd day (Group C) of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
In addition, coach Houcine Ammouta spoke about this “decisive” meeting.“The national team will play this meeting with victory in sight to ensure its qualification for the quarter-finals”, he said during a press briefing held on the eve of this match.
“The Uganda team, which will be forced to play, will not just defend, as was the case in the two previous matches against Togo and Rwanda. The players must use all the spaces left by the opponent in order to score, while not conceding a goal ”, he added.
“The players are aware of the responsibility which weighs on their shoulders”, he noted, expressing the wish that luck will be on his side in order to win this match and finish at the top of the group.
For his part, the coach of Uganda, Johnny McKinstry, admitted that the match against the Atlas Lions will be very tough, especially since Morocco has experienced and seasoned players in its ranks.
Nevertheless, he indicated that his players, who have the capacity to create enormous difficulties for Moroccan players, must be vigilant against Morocco.
“A match against a great team like Morocco will be beneficial on all fronts. This kind of meeting will allow us to learn and grow ”, he concluded. The national team leads Group C with 4 points, ahead of Togo (3 pts), Rwanda (2 pts) and Uganda (1 pts).
National striker Ayoub El Kaabi, top scorer (9 goals) and player of the previous edition organized in Morocco has not yet opened his goal counter, he who cherished the dream of repeating his feat in this Cameroonian edition.
For Atlas Lions player Ismail Khafi, quoted in a video posted on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation website, the group is calmly preparing for the match against Uganda, hoping that the Moroccan selection will succeed in signing the victory to avoid last minute calculations.
The Togolese victory (2-1) against Uganda maintains intact the chances of qualification for all teams in the next round.
And if the draw against Uganda would qualify the national team in the quarterfinals, the victory will be beneficial in particular to boost the morale of the team and play under good auspices the rest of the competition.