Pulling for the Atlas Lions

It is not often that I pay too much attention to the Africa Cup of Nations and I know it sounds like a rude thing to say but let’s face it, we can’t watch every major tournament.

Anyway, I won’t be pulling for Egypt to win this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and my reasoning is because Egypt is hosting the tournament and is the top favorite to win the tournament.

I do like pulling for the underdogs, but for this tournament I will be supporting Morocco, AKA the Atlas Lions.

Morocco last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1976 when the tournament was hosted by Ethiopia and finished runners-up to hosts Tunisia in 2004.

Last year during the World Cup, I felt that Morocco was the best team in Group B with Spain, Portugal, and Iran.

I was at the match between Morocco and Iran and of course I was thrilled that Iran came away with the win through an own goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

But aside from my joy, I really feel that Morocco was the better team against Iran and was unlucky against Portugal and Spain.

In simple English, it seems that the Moroccans suffer from a lot of bad luck at the World Cup and after meeting cool Moroccan fans in Russia last year, I will be cheering for Morocco to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Herve Renard’s squad features a lot of the same players from the 2018 World Cup and this time Renard must be feeling more optimistic considering Aziz Bouhaddouz is not on the 23-man roster.

Bouhaddouz is the man who accidentally headed the ball into his own net to give Iran a 1-0 victory.

Okay, enough of my humor and I have nothing but respect for Aziz Bouhaddouz and wish him well.

Morocco’s first match will take place on 23 June in Cairo against Namibia.

Everyone knows that Morocco is a top-notch team that has plenty of players brought up through European football clubs.

If Morocco can’t beat Namibia, then I will be convinced that the Moroccans have been hit with bad luck in football.

Prediction: Morocco 3-0 Namibia

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