Faced with a strong team from Mauritania, led by his guard in verve, Morocco conceded the draw (0-0) on his land. For the new coach Vahid Halilhodzic, this is not the beginning dreamed.
This is a bad start for Morocco, but also for his new coach Vahid Halihodzic. After four friendly matches without a win since his arrival last August, the Bosnian technician was expected Friday against Mauritania for his first official outing. Especially after his pre-match statement: " I did not give much importance to the results of the friendly matches, because the most important thing for me was to get to know my players better, unlike the match against Mauritania, where the only option is to win . " It missed !
Morocco stumbled for more than 90 minutes on a Mauritania team uninvited offensively but devilishly effective in defense. It's a euphemism to write that the Atlas Lions tried everything, so they dominated the game and had countless chances to score.
Namori Diaw on fire
New coach Vahid Halilhodzic will still be able to point out the lack of efficiency of his attackers, but he could also designate the Mauritanian goalkeeper Namori Diaw as the main cause of the failure of his team.
The last rampart of the Mourabitounes is undoubtedly the man of the match. In turn, the Moroccan attackers broke their teeth on the Kedia porter: Youssef En-Nesyri, Youssef El Arabi or Rachid Alioui. Even the master playing Hakim Ziyech, did not find the flaw. The new captain of the Atlas Lions, however, started the game with three strikes in the first quarter of an hour.
It is therefore a bad operation for Morocco that has not yet completely digested the elimination in the round of 16 of CAN 2019 by Benin. It will quickly resume for the next exit in Burundi next Tuesday.