The game happened at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Hakim Ziyech scored Morocco’s opening goal in the 28th minute with a long-range strike. Following this, Lusajo Mwaikenda unfortunately scored an own goal as he attempted to clear a dangerous ball out of the box.
In an interview post-match, Amrouche admitted that it is a challenge playing against one of Africa’s football giants. This is a team that made it to the semifinals of the last World Cup held in Qatar.
Regardless though, he said the chance of qualifying for the World Cup in group E is still wide open. He believes his team will bounce back and secure wins in their upcoming matches.
To start their World Cup qualifying campaign, the Taifa Stars defeated Niger 1-0 in Morocco. This win showed the team’s potential and set a positive tone for the rest of the qualifiers.
“We lost to one of the toughest teams on the continent. I commend my players for fighting hard from the first minute to the end. We still have matches to play and we are sure of winning them,” Amrouche commented.
Placed third in group E, the Stars have collected three points from two matches as Morocco leads the group with three points in one match. Niger is placed second with three points from two matches.
Zambia is also not far behind in fourth with three points from two matches. Congo Brazzaville sits bottom with no point after two matches.
Amrouche has remained determined to lead his team to victory while emphasizing the importance of each upcoming match.
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