South Africa vs Morocco, Monday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, Group D, at the Al Salam Stadium in El-Nahda, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.
After making a clear debut against Ivory Coast in which they were defeated 1 to 0 without threatening the rivals having produced only two opportunities to finalize, none of which went in the right direction, South Africans were forced to risk more against Namibia, in the second round.
They showed progress and went on to win 1-0, with Bongani Zungu scoring in the 23rd minute. They took an active stance in search of the victory, had possession of the ball for 61% of the time, opened 17 opportunities to kick and hit seven shots in the direction of the goal rival.
Thus, they have reached the last round of the qualifying phase depending only on their result to secure a place in the Round of 16 of the African Nations Cup 2019 edition. A success will suffice. However, maybe even a draw will do. If it reaches the four-point level, South Africa will have a guaranteed seat in the next stage of the Africa Cup if Namibia defeats Ivory Coast in the other match of the third round of group D. However, even if that does not happen, it will present a great possibility to be among the four best placed third parties and get a place in the recap.
Moroccans are guaranteed the next stage. It remains only to define in what condition. A new victory or even a draw in this Sunday’s match will give them the first place in the group and put them in front of a team qualified through the recap.
The defeat, however, could provoke a threefold draw in the case of Ivory Coast’s victory over Namibia. In that case, the Moroccan team could finish in the second or third positions. In the second place, they would face the second-placed group E. If they were in third place, the six points won would be more than enough to secure the place in the play-offs, but would provoke a cross to a key champion.
Thus, it is unlikely that French coach Herve Renard will abuse the possibility of taking on the cast to avoid a theoretically more difficult path, at least in theory, in the knockout stage. Even because, despite the use of 100%, Morocco did not show any technical leeway to allow such a stance. He overcame both Namibia in the opening and Ivory Coast in the second round by the minimum score.
The prognosis in South Africa’s Vitoria seems to be the best option for Monday’s match in the last round of the African Nations Cup qualifying round.