the opponent for the June friendly unveiled (official)

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To prepare for the CAN 2023 which will take place in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco will face the Cape Verde team in a friendly on Monday, June 12. We give you all the information on this meeting which will therefore take place in just one month.

THE Atlas lions, authors of a formidable epic during the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022, then of a prestigious victory against Brazil (2-1) on March 25, will therefore challenge Cape Verde during a friendly meeting on June 12. The information was made official this Friday by the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF). The match will take place at home, at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Complex (52,000 seats) in Rabat. It will take place at 8:00 p.m. (GMT+1). For this opposition, which will be followed for the Moroccans by a trip to South Africa five days later as part of the CAN 2023 qualifiers, the main referee will be the Chadian Alhadji Allaou Mahamat. He will be supported by the Cameroonians Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue and Issa Aya, also from Chad.

The ultra favorite Atlas Lions

With its recent performances, the Moroccan national team, coached by the charismatic Walid Regragui, has changed status. More respected, more feared, she arouses – rightly in view of her many talents – a lot of expectations now. But if it is capable of XXL performance, it is also capable of making copies much paler. His draw on March 28 against Peru (1-1), which is not a cador in world football either, attests to this. Nevertheless, she remains a big favorite for this friendly match against Cape Verde, which serves her above all as a preparation for the next CAN for which the Atlas Lions are already qualified. Note that the two nations have faced each other three times, including twice in 2016, and the record is a draw and two victories in favor of the Atlas Lions.

For their part, the Tubarões Azuls do not have the pedigree of their future opponent. But they have several quality elements within their team: Ryan Mendes (Al-Nasr), Garry Rodrigues (Olympiakos), Bebé (ex-Manchester United) or even Logan Costa, hero of the last Coupe de France final with Toulouse. And in terms of results, it’s not bad either. The Blue Sharks had indeed reached the round of 16 of the last CAN against the future winner, Senegal. Even if it is only a friendly match, they will give everything to try to surprise and bring honor to their people.

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