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Morocco’s Atlas Lions Suffer Injuries, COVID-19 cases ahead of Ghana clash

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Hours before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Morocco’s national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic has expressed concerns over his squad’s multiple COVID-19 cases and other health issues. 

In a press conference held  in Yaounde, Cameroon, Halilhodzic stressed, “Like other teams participating in the CAN, the Moroccan team suffers from health problems. We have to deal with the situation, and keep focusing on the game with Ghana.”

According to the Morocco World News publication, attacking players Ryan Mmaee, Ayoub Al Kaabi, and Mounir El Haddadi did not participate in the Atlas Lions’ last training sessions over health concerns.

Morocco’s Bosnian coach noted that all the players worked hard and put in a lot of effort to overcome the injuries and other health-related problems.

Morocco’s national team features in Group C alongside Ghana, Comoros, and Gabon.

The North African country will play their first match against Ghana this Monday , at 5:00 p.m. local time.

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The Referees Commission of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Botswana’s Joshua Bondo to officiate the Morocco-Ghana game.

The 43 years old referee started his career as a football player for Hartlepool FC in England. He became a referee in 2001 and was elected best referee of the U17 AFCON in Namibia in 2007.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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