Bafana v Morocco: All you need to know

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Here is all you need to know ahead of South Africa's 2023 CAF Africa Cup Nations Group K qualifier against Morocco.

Bafana Bafana's 2023 AFCON qualification campaign is set to get underway on Thursday evening when Hugo Broos' side take on the challenge of North African giants Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

The encounter will be the seventh meeting between the two nations, with South Africa boasting a stronger H2H record, although Morocco emerged victorious in the last outing during the 2019 edition of the competition.

Squad news:

Bafana Bafana will have to do without the services of left-back Terrence Mashego who was forced to withdraw from the squad after suffering a meniscus tear in his knee during the build-up to Thursday's match.

Hugo Broos has a full squad to choose from otherwise, with goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams, as well as defender Innocent Maela both cleared fit to play after arriving in camp with minor injury concerns.

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Star forward Percy Tau is among the 22 players who have travelled to Morocco and the Al Ahly star could break Sibusiso Zuma's record for the most goals scored by a South African player in AFCON qualifying.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion forward and Zuma have both scored eight times in AFCON qualifying and he could claim the record outright if he is able to add his name to the scoresheet against the Atlas Lions in Rabat.

When and where to watch the match between South Africa and Morocco:

Date: Thursday, 9 June 2022
Start time: 21:00 (GMT+2)
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
TV Info: SABC 1, SABC Sport DTT Channel 4, Openview 124, TelkomOne & SuperSport PSL channel 202

South Africa's H2H record against Morocco:

Matches Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals A. Goal dif.
6 2 4 1 9 7 +2
Date Competition

Result

SA scorers MOR scorers
22/02/98 1998 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final 2-1 McCarthy; Nyathi Chiba
30/01/02 2002 Africa Cup of Nations group B 3-1 Zuma; Mngomeni; Nomvethe Benmahmoud (p)
04/02/04 2004 Africa Cup of Nations group D 1-1 Mayo Safri (p)
27/01/13 2013 Africa Cup of Nations group A 2-2 Sangweni; Mahlangu El Adoua; Hafidi
11/10/13 Friendly 1-1 Rantie El Adoua
01/07/19 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group D 0-1 Boussoufa

The teams:

South Africa's squad to face Morocco:

Goalkeepers: R. Williams (SuperSport United), V. Mothwa (AmaZulu), B. Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders: N. Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), K. Mudau, G. Kekana, L. Lakay (all Mamelodi Sundowns) B. Shandu, I. Maela (both Orlando Pirates), T. Phete (Belenenses, Portugal), T. Fielies (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: S. Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal), G. Mosele (Orlando Pirates), Y. Maart (Sekhukhune United), P. Nange (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: T. Lorch (Orlando Pirates), E. Makgopa (Baroka FC), K. Mayo (Cape Town City), F. Lakay (Pyramids, Egypt), L. Foster (Westerlo, Belgium), B. Hlongwane (Minnesota FC, USA), P. Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt)

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Morocco's squad to face South Africa:

Goalkeepers: Y. Bounou (Sevilla, Spain), M. El Kajoui (Hatayspor, Turkey), A Zniti (Raja Casablanca)

Defenders: S. Chakla (OH Leuven, Belgium), S. Mmaee (Ferencvarosi, Hungary), G. Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), N. Aguerd (Rennes, France), A Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain, France), N. Mazraoui (Bayern Munich, Germany), S. Alakouch (Lausanne-Sport, Switzerland), A. Masina (Watford, England)

Midfielders: F. Fajr (Sivasspor, Turkey), S. Amrabat (Fiorentina, Italy), A. Barkok (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), I. Chair (QPR, England), Adel Taarabt (Benfica, Portugal), A. Ounahi (Angers, France), S Amallah (Standard Liege, Belgium)

Forwards: S. Rahimi (Al Ain, UAE), A. Harit (Olympique Marseille, France), M. El Haddadi (Sevilla, Spain), Z. Aboukhlal (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Y. En-Nesyri (Sevilla, Spain), A. El Kaabi (Hatayspor, Turkey), T. Tissoudali (Gent, Belgium)

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