Zimbabwe, Morocco in goalless draw
Posted: 12 January 2014 Time: 19:37
Zimbabwe and Morocco played to a goalless draw in the opening game of their Group B African Nations Championship at Athlone Stadium on Sunday.
The match was a scrappy affair characterised by some wasteful passing in the final third, and neither team looked too promising in attack as they squandered possession rather cheaply.
In the eighth minute Issam Erraki fired a 25-yard set-piece into the defensive wall,. He was quickest to react and pounce on the rebound, but again he was disappointed as the goalkeeper produced a great save to deny him.
The next chance only came in the 40th minute as Zimbabwe’s Donald Ngoma got on the end of a corner-kick, but his header from six yards out went narrowly wide.
The start of the second 45 was also a cagey affair as both teams sat back in defence.
Morocco though, should have scored 10 minutes after the restart as Zakaria El Hachimi curled an effort inches wide from just inside the box.
In the 64th minute Zimbabwe struck the post as Simbarashe Sithole let loose from just outside the box; the rebound then fell to Ali Sadiki, who saw his attempt superbly saved by Nadir Lamyaghri.
Ten minutes later and Ali Sadiki tried his luck on goal again from a tight angle way out, but his effort went wide of the goal.
In the 79th minute Abdessamad Rafik beat a couple of defenders before firing on goal, but his attempt was easily saved.
Neither team could go on to find the winner as the match ended all square and the points were shared in the opening Group B game.