Sports Mole previews Monday’s African Cup Qualifier match between Liberia and Morocco, including predictions, team news and lineup possibilities.
Liberia got his 2023 Africa Cup qualifying campaign when he traveled to the Mohammed V Stadium to complete it Morocco on Monday.
The Atlas Lions, on the other hand, are into a new game from the end of the opening day victory over South Africa and will look to keep the juggernaut rolling.
Preview the match
Liberia were last in action on March 29, when they lost 2-1 at the hands of Burundi in a friendly match at the Mardan Sports Complex.
Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana attacked twice in the opening 37 minutes to put Les Hirondelles ahead into the previous interval Divine Tea pulled one more three minutes into the second half.
Earlier, Liberia won 4-0 against Benin on March 24 before losing 1-0 against Sierra Leone three days later.
The Lone Star sought to secure their third appearance at the African Cup of Nations and their first since 2002, when they drew two draws and lost one of their opening three matches to exit the group phase.
Peter ButlerThe men entered Monday’s match with seven defeats in their last eight matches in all competitions, with a 3-1 win against the Central African Republic in November 2021 being the exception.
This poor run was due to a weak defense as Liberia had conceded 15 goals at the time, while scoring five at the back of the field.
Morocco, on the other hand, started their 2023 Africa Cup qualifying campaign in style when they came from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium last Thursday.
Lyle FosterThe eighth -minute attack put Bafana Bafana entering half -time with a slim lead, but Sevilla Youssef En-Nesyri and 28 years Ayoub El Kaabi struck in the second period to turn the game on its head.
Morocco are currently unbeaten in each of their last three competitive matches in all competitions – a victory that earned them a place in the upcoming World Cup with a 5-2 aggregate victory against Congo DR in the March qualifying playoffs.
Vahid HalilhodzicThe players, who won their only AFCON crown in 1976, have won each of their last eight games at home, scoring 19 goals and conceding two in that time.
Liberia form (all competitions):
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Butler has named 23 players for the upcoming AFCON qualifying game, including the Swiss -based striker. Allen Njiemidfielder IK Brage Seth Hellberg and 30 years Kpah Sherman.
Sherman, who has 18 senior appearances under his belt, should join striker Olympiakos Nicosia. Peter Wilson at the offensive end of the Distance, while Hellberg and Murphy Dorley can be given a starting role in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, after winning a comeback against South Africa, Halilhodzic could name the same starting team on Monday, meaning we could see a midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and Ilias Kursiwith En-Nesyri leading the attack.
Achraf Hakimi and Holy Adam have to take up two full-back roles, when Nayef Aguerd and Wolverhampton Wanderers men Romain Sais must maintain a position at the heart of the defense.
However, El Kaabi and Marseille, 28, advanced Amin Harit will push to start the role after coming off the bench to combine for the championship against Bafana Bafana last Saturday.
Liberia’s starting lineup could be:
Yeanaye; Balde, Pabai, Arago, Dweh; Hellberg, Dorley, Macauley, Njie; Wilson, Sherman
Morocco starting lineup possibilities:
Bono; Masina, Aguerd, Saiss, Mmaee, Hakimi; Kursi, Amrabat, Taarabt; El Kaabi, En-Nesyri
We say: Liberia 0-2 Morocco
Morocco are favorites against Liberia who have lost seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. The Atlas Lions have been very good on the house turf and we predict they will keep up this solid run and see horrible visitors.
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