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Morocco U23 prepared for any opponent in the semi-final – striker Taha



Morocco striker Younes Taha says they are ready to face any side in the semi-finals of the ongoing  CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 after their commanding display at the group stage.

The attacker scored the lone goal to help host nation defeat Congo 1-0 in the match played in Rabat and secured the maximum nine points to finish top of Group A.

Taha, who went on to win the TotalEnergies Man of the Match award, expressed his happiness at fulfilling the team’s first objective of winning all the matches and reaching the semi-finals.

“We have fulfilled our initial goal of three games played and three wins. Our focus is now on the semifinals of the competition.”

He emphasized that the team is ready to face any opponent in the semifinal stage and has no preference. “We are close to achieving our first goal, which is qualification for the Olympic Games. There will be four teams on the starting blocks, but only three will have the opportunity to be there,” he added.


The hosts began the competition with a 2-1 victory against Guinea. They followed it up with an impressive 5-1 win against Ghana and maintained their winning streak with a 1-0 victory over Congo Brazzaville.





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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