Moroccan national team player Manuel Da Costa (C) and teammates attend training session at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, 19 June 2018. EPA/Sergei Chirikov
Thursday Sep 06, 2018. 12:14
Morocco will aim to get back on track in Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they host Malawi at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday, September 8, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.
Morocco come into the match placed last on the standings after they opened the group stage campaign with a 1-0 loss away to reigning AFCON champions Cameroon in June last year. Vincent Aboubakar scored the only goal of the game as the Atlas Lions suffered defeat in Yaounde.
Malawi are level with the Indomitable Lions at the top of the log with three points, as they defeated the Comoros in Blantyre in their opener. Gerald Phiri Jnr scored the decisive goal as the Flames began their bid to return to the continental finals for the first time since 2010 on a high note.
Morocco come into the game on the back of a poor 2018 World Cup campaign. In the finals in Russia they suffered defeats to Iran and Portugal before salvaging some pride with a 2-2 draw against Spain.
Malawi were last in competitive action at the Cosafa Cup in South Africa in late May and early June, where they were beaten by Mauritius and then recorded draws against Botswana and Angola.
Morocco and Malawi have met in eight previous internationals, according to FIFA’s statistics database. The Atlas Lions have claimed five wins compared to two for the Flames, while one game has been drawn.
The teams’ most recent meeting was an AFCON qualifier in June 2007 which was won 1-0 by the North Africans.
DR Congo official Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo will referee the match in Casablanca. The other Group B clash take places earlier on Saturday, September 8 and sees Comoros host Cameroon in Mitsamiouli.