Morocco, Malawi in dead-rubber showdown

Morocco, Malawi in dead-rubber showdown
Morocco's Hakim Ziyach

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Mar 20, 2019. 13:00

Malawi will host Morocco in a dead-rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Friday.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Atlas Lions have already booked their place at this year's continental showpiece in Egypt, having successfully recovered from an opening round defeat to initial AFCON hosts Cameroon two years ago.

Herve Renard's men sit two points clear of the Indomitable Lions in Group B, heading into this weekend's round of fixtures, having sealed their place at this year's tournament with a 2-0 win over the defending champions late last year.

Hakim Ziyech bagged both goals in booking Morocco's AFCON ticket in Casablanca and the Ajax Amsterdam midfielder was on target in the reverse fixture against Malawi which the North African's won 3-0.

Mathamatically, Malawi have already been eliminated from qualification following a four game winless run. The Flames sit bottom of the group, a point behind Comoros.

Morocco have won the AFCON tournament on a single occasion, back in 1976 when the competition was hosted in Ethiopia.

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