Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
A spot in the Africa Cup of Nations semis will be at stake when Egypt and Morocco go head to head at Stade d’Olembe on Sunday afternoon. The Pharaohs did well to eliminate Ivory Coast on penalties in the quarter-finals, but they face yet another uphill task against the Atlas Lions. Mohamed Salah, who scored the winner against the Elephants, will be the man to keep an eye on in the home team, while both Ahmed Abou El Fotouh and Akram Tawfik should miss out with injuries.
Morocco, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Egypt by beating Malawi 2-1. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we predict that they are going to share the spoils at Stade d’Olembe. Ilias Chair is sidelined with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament.
The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 African Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game.
Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustafa Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.