Morocco brilliantly qualified for the African play-offs of the 2022 World Cup by winning 4 goals to 1 against Guinea and becomes the 2nd African nation to approach world competition after Senegal. A victory which is accompanied by the expectation of knowing the opponent of the national team during the next round.
The Moroccan selection is faced with several scenarios after having perfectly succeeded in overcoming all its opponents in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, even before having finished all their matches.
On Tuesday, Vahid Halilhodzic’s men sealed their fate in 2022 MDC qualifiers, becoming the second nation to secure their place in the third and final round of the Africa FIFA World Cup qualifiers Qatar 2022 after beating the Guinea 4-1 in Rabat on Tuesday evening during a rescheduled Group I match for Day 2.
Selim Amallah’s brace, Ayoub El Kaabi’s opener and Sofiane Boufal’s acrobatic kick were enough to give Morocco their fourth victory in as many games, while Mamadou Kane scored the consolation goal of Guinea.
The victory took Morocco to a maximum of 12 out of 12 points, eight more than second-placed Guinea-Bissau with two games to go, as the Atlas Lions joined Senegal in the final tournament scheduled for March 2022.
Who will be Morocco’s opponent during the play-offs? According to the last classification of this fourth day, the other teams which have a good chance of qualifying for the last round and of facing Mountakhab are Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, South Africa , Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Benin and Tanzania.
Morocco could be to its advantage, since it will not cross swords with teams such as Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria or Nigeria. Indeed, the group stage will lead to that of the play-offs with 10 teams, the first in each group.
They will face each other, next March, in the form of round-trip matches following a draw consisting of two pots (the 5 best-ranked teams in the FIFA rankings and the 5 lowest-ranked teams ). The 5 winners of these double confrontations will then qualify for the World Cup.
For now, the Atlas Lions will be able to play their last two Group I matches without pressure, against Sudan and Guinea, in November. They who have so far played all their matches at home, during these qualifiers, for lack of approved stadiums in their opponents.