San Pedro – In reaction to Morocco’s remarkable debut at the 2023 AFCON, head coach Walid Regragui expressed that this 3-0 victory over Tanzania would set the tone for a successful campaign in the prestigious tournament.
“The first match is always difficult. We were fortunate to be the last in the group to play. We were able to handle that match. It’s good to get into the competition,” Regragui stated during the post-match press conference, acknowledging the challenges that come with the initial encounter.
The coach emphasized the physical demands of the game but praised the adaptability of his players. Looking forward, he emphasized the team’s strategy of taking each game as it comes and discussed the upcoming challenge against DR Congo. The early kick-off time of 2 p.m. local time poses a difficulty, but Regragui expressed confidence in the team’s ability to cope with such limitations.
“I am pleased with the players’ performance. In Africa, you fight against opponents, but also against weather conditions,” he explained, highlighting the unique challenges faced by teams in the continent.
As the Moroccan squad gears up for their next match, facing DR Congo, Regragui’s focus remains on navigating the competition successfully. The coach’s positive assessment of the players’ adaptability and performance bodes well for the team’s prospects in the tournament.
The second match in this group, scheduled for the first round, will see DR Congo go head-to-head with Zambia. Football enthusiasts await the unfolding drama as AFCON 2023 continues to captivate audiences with thrilling matches and impressive displays of skill.