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Morocco vs South Africa prediction, preview, team news and more | 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Morocco take on South Africa this week
Morocco take on South Africa this week
Aditya Hosangadi

Morocco are back in action with another important qualifier this week as they take on South Africa in a bid to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Both teams can pack a punch on their day and have a point to prove in this match.

South Africa have not been at their best in recent weeks and will need to take it up a notch this month. The away side suffered a 5-0 defeat against France in March this year and will need to bounce back this week.

Morocco, on the other hand, have impressive players in their ranks and will want to top their group. The hosts suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the USA in their previous game and have a point to prove in this fixture.

صور من الإختبار النهائي لنيل رخصة التدريب 'كاف برو' الذي تنظمه الإدارة التقنية الوطنية بمركب محمد السادس لكرة القدم خلال الفترة الممتدة ما بين 6 و 10 يونيو 2022، بمشاركة 23 مترشحا وكنسخة أولى من نوعها على الصعيد القاري. #FRMF #DTN #CAF https://t.co/ZOrXoMafsV

Morocco vs South Africa Head-to-Head

Morocco have a slight edge over South Africa and have won three of the seven matches played between the two sides. South Africa have managed two victories against Morocco and will want to level the scales on Thursday.

The previous meeting between the two teams took place in 2019 and ended in a 1-0 victory for Morocco. South Africa were poor on the day and have a point to prove this week.

Morocco form guide: L-W-D-L-W

South Africa form guide: L-D-L-W-W


Morocco vs South Africa Team News

Morocco have a point to prove
Morocco have a point to prove

Morocco

Morocco have a fully-fit squad at their disposal and will need to field a strong team this week. The hosts are unlikely to make drastic changes to their eleven for this game.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Unavailable: None

South Africa

Terrence Mashego is injured at the moment and has been released from the national team. South Africa have built an impressive league system and will need to make the most of their talent this year.

Injured: Terrence Mashego

Doubtful: None

Unavailable: None


Morocco vs South Africa Predicted XI

Morocco Predicted XI (5-3-2): Yassine Bounou; Adam Masina, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss, Ryan Mmaee, Achraf Hakimi; Azzedine Ounahi, Nordin Amrabat, Adel Taarabt; Ayoub El Kaabi, Youssef En-Nesyri

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South Africa Predicted XI (4-3-3): Mark Williams; Innocent Maela, Nyiko Mobbie, Fagrie Lakay, Thibang Phete; Thapelo Morena, Yusuf Maart, Lebohang Maboe; Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly, Evidence Makgopa


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Morocco vs South Africa Prediction

Morocco have excellent players at their disposal but are yet to meet expectations on the international stage. The likes of Achraf Hakimi and Youssef En-Nesyri can pack a punch on their day and will want to make their mark this week.

South Africa have also shown improvement in recent years but will need to play out of their skins on Thursday. Morocco are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.

Prediction: Morocco 3-1 South Africa


Edited by Aditya Hosangadi

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