Our football match prediction:
Stade de Marrakech will host Friday’s football game between Morocco and Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso are brimming with confidence following their success at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the title holders are eager to prove their worth in the friendly against Morocco. Portuguese tactician Paulo Duarte made history with the Stallions, but he is hungry for more success. There is a bright future ahead of the Burkina Faso national team and the coach is likely to test new names in the warm-up game against the Atlas Lions. Morocco suffered a 1-0 loss to Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, but they did well to beat Ivory Coast and Togo in the group stages of the showpiece tournament in Gabon. Considering that the hosts want this win more, we predict that they will give fans some cheer on Friday evening in Marrakech.
Highlighted Player (Karim El Ahmadi):
Karim El Ahmadi’s parents are of Moroccan descent, but he was born and raised in Enschede Netherlands. El Ahmadi started his senior career in his hometown club Twente, but in 2008 he moved to Feyenoord. In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Al Ahli, but the midfielder played ten league games for the club. Karim El Ahmadi then moved to Premier League and it has to be noted that he played for Aston Villa from 2012 to 2014. The Morocco international scored three goals in 51 league appearances for the Villa Park outfit. In 2014 he returned to Feyenoord and he has been playing for the Dutch outfit ever since. Speaking of his international career, Karim El Ahmadi made his Morocco debut on 11 February, 2009 in a goalless draw with Czech Republic. He came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing fellow midfielder Youssef Safri. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
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 Africa 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.