Our prediction for this match:
Stade Moulay Abdallah will host Tuesday’s friendly between Morocco and DR Congo. Morocco look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions. Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has overcome his injury, and he is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Senegal. La Liga ace Youssef En Nesyri will be yet another man to watch in the home team.
DR Congo, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Burkina Faso, and it is no surprise the odds for home win have been dropping rapidly. In their last meeting in a competitive match DR Congo defeated Morocco 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. Taking everything into account, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise.
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 (DR Congo):
Democratic Republic of Congo made no more than one appearances at the World Cup finals. DR Congo qualified for the major tournament in 1974 and they were playing under the name of Zaire back then. Zaire failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in West Germany as they were beaten by the likes of Scotland, Brazil and Yugoslavia in the group stages.
The Leopards suffered a heavy 9-0 loss to Yugoslavia in Gelsenkirchen and that is considered the team’s biggest defeat. DR Congo (Zaire) won two African Cup of Nations titles, with the team lifting the prestigious trophies in 1968 and 1974.
It has to be noted that the team won the bronze medal at both the 1998 and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. DR Congo play their home games in sky-blue shirts with red sleeves, while the colour of their away kit is white. Dieumerci Mbokani is the team’s most notable player.