Our prediction for this match:
Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah will host Saturday’s friendly between Morocco and Burkina Faso, the two African teams. Morocco aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ghana, and they are surely capable of beating Burkina Faso, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast. Chelsea superstar Hakim Ziyech is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Burkina Faso, on the other hand, did well to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning that head coach Kamou Malo will use upcoming friendlies to test as many players as possible. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Morocco are a real force to be reckoned with at home. It has to be noted that Morocco emerged triumphant in two of the previous three meetings with Burkina Faso, speaking of friendly games.
Highlighted Player (Nabil Dirar):
Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar is a left winger for AS Monaco. The 30-year-old Casablanca-born winger arrived at Monaco in 2012 from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he spent four seasons. A mainstay with the Belgian side, Dirar increasingly stood out by his on and off pitch behavior as the Morocco international was known to get in frequent altercations with opposing players, but his own teammates which had often resulted in Dirar being sent to train and play for the reserves.
His €7.5 million sale to AS Monaco was the highest transfer fee ever received by Club Brugge. Nabil Dirar made a good use of the change of scenery by going on to become one of AS Monaco’s key performers. The 30-year-old winger racked up impressive nine Ligue 1 assists in 2015-16 season, prompting increased interest from European clubs.
Serie A giants Lazio were reported to be interested in the Monaco player, who will have an important role to play during his club’s Champions League participation.
Highlighted Team (Burkina Faso):
Burkina Faso are an African football team that is controlled by the Federation Burkinabe de Foot-Ball. They were playing under the name of Upper Volta until 1984 when they became Burkina Faso. Les Etlons (the Stallions) defeated Gabon in their first international game (5-4) and they recorded their biggest win one year later (Liberia 5-1).
Burkina Faso have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, whilst they played an important role at the 2013 African Cup of Nations. By beating the likes of Togo and Ghana in the knockout stages the Stallions set up a meeting with Nigeria in the final of the tournament, but the Super Eagles eventually won the title. It has to be noted that Mba scored the winner for Nigeria in the title game.
Jonathan Pitroipa is probably the most notable footballer who played for Burkina Faso the former Rennes ace has 51 caps for the national team. Stade du 4-Aout, the venue that was opened in 1984, is regarded as Burkina Faso’s home ground.