The second set of matches in the Africa Cup of Nations concludes on Sunday when the action yet to take place in Group E and Group F is played out on what should be another entertaining day in what has been an enjoyable competition to date.
The World Cup semi-finalists Morocco headline the day on Sunday but we have what looks to be three competitive and entertaining games to enjoy as we head towards the business end of the first stage of the competition.
Morocco vs DR Congo (14.00)
The opening match of the day sees the two highest ranked teams in Group F meeting when Morocco will look to cruise into the knockout stages at the hands of a DR Congo side who must will be wondering how they only came away from their opening game with a 1-1 draw.
Morocco bucked the trend of the North African sides struggling in their opening match with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tanzania but their opponents looked out of their depth and it will be interesting to see whether Morocco are as good as they looked or if they could struggle here. DR Congo in terms of chances created absolutely battered Zambia in their opening match but could only come away with a 1-1 draw and they’ll be looking to kick on from here but I’m not in the business of opposing Morocco. I would just like to see them against established opposition before I’m completely sold on them though so I’ll leave this one alone.
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Zambia vs Tanzania (17.00)
The second match of the day sees the two lower ranked teams in Group F on show when Zambia will look to improve on their opening draw with the DR Congo when they take on a Tanzania team for whom it looked a tough assignment in their first game.
Tanzania offered nothing of any note against Morocco but they were always looking outmatched in that match. While they aren’t exactly on a level playing field with Zambia, they should be able to be much closer to them than the World Cup semi-finalists. Zambia were quite disappointing in their first game. Much was expected of Avram Grant’s men going into the competition but they grossly underperformed against DR Congo. The good thing was they didn’t lose and now they can pick themselves up and look to beat a much more comfortable opponent. I’m going to take Zambia to win this one. I think there is a lot more to come from them whereas Tanzania are the second lowest ranked team in the competition for a reason and chasing Morocco around in the heat for 90 minutes wasn’t the best preparation for this one. I expect a Zambia win here.
South Africa vs Namibia (20.00)
The final match of the day takes us back to Group E where Namibia will be looking to secure their qualification for the second phase of the competition when they take on a South Africa side who need something in this match to give their qualifying hopes a boost.
Namibia shocked Tunisia in their opening match and while we shouldn’t do anything to detract from that victory, the Tunisians didn’t exactly back up that result with another indifferent effort on Saturday night. South Africa looked like they would be outgunned in this tournament heading into it and that is pretty much what we saw in their opening match when they had good spells in it but couldn’t capitalise and then the class of Mali came through. I’m not sure Namibia will win this on class grounds and the fact a draw will pretty much put the Namibians through is a major turn off for me in this match. I don’t really trust ‘Bafana Bafana’ to get the job done either so this is an easy one to leave alone.
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