Our prediction for this match:
Morocco and Senegal take on each other in an all-African clash on Thursday evening. Vahid Halilhodzic’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win in all competitions, but you should bear in mind that Chelsea summer signing Hakim Ziyech is going to miss the game with injury. In his absence, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Inter full-back Achraf Hakimi, who looks unstoppable on the right flank.
Senegal, on the other hand, will be without Sadio Mane, who was tested positive for coronavirus. The Liverpool ace is going to be sorely missed in Thursday’s friendly, and we do not believe that the Mane-less visitors are capable of spoiling Morocco’s party in Rabat. Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, on the other hand, returns to contention after overcoming his long-term injury. This will be the first meeting between the two national teams since May 2012.
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 (Senegal):
The Senegaesel national football team made their first appearance at Africa Cup of Nations back in 1965, with the team finishing the tournament in fourth place. The Lions of Teranga booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2002 (for the first time) and they did remarkably well to make it to the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Senegal defeated Sweden in the last 16, with Henri Camara scoring the winner for the African team in the extra time. The Lions of Teranga have yet to win the African Cup of Nations, but they made it to the final of the tournament in 2002. Senegal faced Cameroon in the title game and they were more than unfortunate to lose the Africa Cup of Nations final on penalties.
Former Liverpool ace El Hadji Diouf is probably the most famous footballer who played for the Senegalese national team. Senegal play their home games at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor and the capacity of the venue is 60,000.