Morocco close in on SA record

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Morocco reportedly closed in on a longstanding record held by South Africa after securing a 3-0 win over Guinea on Tuesday night.

The North Africans finished top of Group I with 18 points from six matches as Ryan Mmaee's brace and Ayoub El Kaabi's strike ensured a comfortable victory over Kaba Diawara's side. 

With the Atlas Lions' fine form in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign continuing, they have moved ever closer to a record held by Bafana Bafana.  

According to Maghrib Foot, Morocco have now racked up eight consecutive wins in African World Cup qualifiers stretching back to 2017, a record that is only bettered by South Africa's nine victories recorded between 1997 and 2001.    

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Morocco are now tied with the Cameroon side that featured in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, while Nigeria also achieved the same feat when they won eight consecutive qualifiers between 2005 and 2008.   

While Tuesday night's tie was relatively straightforward, the previous encounter between Morocco and Guinea in September was shrouded in controversy after the North Africans found themselves in danger, with the team being stranded inside a hotel as gunfire erupted outside their accommodation in Guinea, according to Football Italia. 

It is believed that an armed group had staged a coup in the country and kidnapped Guinea's president in the process, but the Moroccans were eventually able to evacuate the West African nation. 

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