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Morocco Out To Upset African Champs

Cameroon will target a win to start their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign on a high as they welcome Morocco on Saturday at the Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé.

Kick-off is at 4:00pm.

The Indomitable Lions will be in high spirits when they welcome the North Africans as they will hope to start with a win.

Although the encounter is set to be a test of character for Hugo Broos’ men, the hosts will have to prove to the continent that lifting the Afcon trophy in Gabon was not a fluke.

Despite assembling a youthful squad in Gabon earlier this year, Broos defied all odds and lifted the prestigious continental prize to become kings of Africa.

However, the hosts will now turn their focus to the qualifiers and ensure they retain the full three points at home and continue with their winning run.

Just prior to this match, Cameroon beat Tunisia, but lost to Guinea 2-1 in two friendly internationals.

The Belgian manager will also use this match to build their momentum as they will face Colombia in a friendly on Tuesday, 13 June in Spain.

Apart from their friendly in Spain, Broos will hope to see his men ready for the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup in Russia in a week’s time.

The African champions are in Group B together with Chile, Australia and Germany – they open their encounter against Chile on Sunday, 18 June.

For Herve Renard’s troops, the Atlas Lions will not be pushovers come Saturday as they will come highly prepared for this encounter.

The Frenchman is experienced enough to know how to prepare for when it comes to continental football having previously led two countries to Afcon glory.

Winning an Afcon with Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015 means he will want to book a spot in Cameroon with Morocco and try tow lift the trophy for the third time.

The North Africans have been busy participating in friendlies as they faced Tunisia and Burkina Faso and won both matches, but they lost to the Netherlands in Agadir last month.

Although the 2012 and 2015 Afcon winning coach managed a quarterfinal finish in Gabon this year with Morocco, he will now want to reach Cameroon for the 2019 edition and dethrone the Indomitable Lions.

 

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