AFCON 2023 Day 5- Morocco commences their journey as Chipolopolo faces Leopards of D.R Congo

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AFCON 2023 Day 5- Morocco commences their journey as Chipolopolo faces Leopards of D.R Congo

Yesterday was a beautiful day for Burkina Faso, Namibia and Mali as they all recorded incredible wins. Burkina Faso won 1-0 against  Mauritania as

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Yesterday was a beautiful day for Burkina Faso, Namibia and Mali as they all recorded incredible wins.

Burkina Faso won 1-0 against  Mauritania as they continued their incredible record of scoring in their last 15 games of the AFCON finals.

Deon Hotto’s 85th-minute striker ensured a first-ever win for  Namibia at the AFCON finals. Ranked 116 in the world, it was shocking to see them beat Tunisia who made their 16th consecutive appearance at the AFCON and also ranked the third-best team on the continent by FIFA and CAF.

Mali had a brilliant second half as they beat Bafana Bafana 2-0 to start their 2023 AFCON campaign.

Morocco 🇲🇦  v Tanzania
Stade Laurent Pokou, San Pedro
5 pm

Walid Regragui’s Atlas Lions will play their first major tournament after dazzling at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Morocco has the core that played against Croatia, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and France in Qatar. Head coach Walid Regragui told his boys in the pre-match conference to respect Tanzania as the gap between perennial best African football nations has been closed by the minnows.

Taifa Stars will fancy their chances to upset Morocco because the opening fixtures of the competition have served us with many shocks.

Tanzania doesn’t boast of top-class players but they have decent squads to select from as Simba SC and Yanga have been phenomenal recently in club football.

Morocco remains an overwhelming favourite but we just simply cannot write off Tanzania.

D.R Congo 🇨🇩 v Zambia
Stade Laurent Pokou, San Pedro
8 pm

The Leopards make a return to the AFCON after missing the 2021 edition in Cameroon. Sebastien Desabre’s DR Congo has always been a difficult team to beat as they can play like the best team on the continent today and play like the worst team tomorrow. Physically, they look good as opponents will tell you how fully fit you need to be playing against DR Congo.

Yoanne Wissa is a hitman who can hurt any defence on any day.

The 2012 champions, Chipolopolo of Zambia led by the legendary Avram Grant will pose a huge threat across every position on the field to DR Congo.

Patson Daka, the leader of this new generation will lead Zambia for the first time in AFCON after missing out since 2015. Stoppila Sunzu is still around to offer his experience to the champions of 2012.

A fiercely contested match is expected tonight in San Pedro.

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