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Relentless Morocco Breaks Bafana Bafana Hearts With Late Goal in Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier

Morocco scored a late goal to deny South Africa a hard-fought point in the AFCON qualifiers’ Group K opener. They had a far better start to the game and dominated the first half.

On the right wing, Paris Saint-Achraf Germain’s Hakimi and Ilias Chair paired nicely to put frightening crosses into the box on a regular basis. 

In the first few minutes, Bafana were forced to play on the break, and their approach paid off in the eighth minute. 

Sphephelo Sithole, a debutant, delivered a lovely through ball to Lyle Foster, who did well to brush off Hakimi and fire the ball into the back of the net. 

The Moroccans were surprised by the goal, which came against the run of play. The Atlas Lions tried to respond right away, and if it hadn’t been for Ronwen Williams, they would have gone into halftime with a lead. 

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The Bafana captain and SuperSport United goalkeeper made some stunning saves to deny Tarik Tissoudali and Youssef En-Nesyri. 

When Williams couldn’t get behind the ball, Thibang Phete came to the rescue with a last-ditch interception to prevent a Hakimi cross shortly after. Bafana Bafana were fortunate not to concede a strange goal.

Williams attempted to kick the ball out of his area, but Tissoudali deflected it to a Moroccan player, who scored. However, the Moroccans were called for a foul. 

Before halftime, Phete was back in the thick of things, assisting in the stoppage of another attack. 

In the first half’s additional time, Williams pulled off another brilliant save, this time denying Hakimi. 

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The Atlas Lions began the second half by pushing forward once more. After the ball struck Taariq Fielies on the hand in the box, the home side felt cheated when they were denied a penalty. There was nothing wrong, so the referee pointed to the corner flag.

Morocco was finally rewarded for their relentless pressure in the 51st minute when they scored.

Romain Sass of Wolverhampton Wanderers headed the ball down into the box for En-Nesyri to score from close range. 

With the score leveled, Bafana began to play more aggressively and gained greater possession of the ball. 

The pace of play in the second half was slower than in the first, but both teams had chances to end the game. Bafana’s greatest chances were squandered by Yusuf Maart and Percy Tau, while Williams was once again called upon to save the team’s blushes.

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Unfortunately, his heroic efforts were in vain. When Ayoub El Kaabi slammed home a volley in the 87th minute of the game, he crushed Bafana hearts.

ENOCH TANDOH

Tandoh Enoch is a Social Media Manager, Website Developer and Designer, Blogger, Content Writer and an IT Consultant . He is a creator and editor at Urbannewsgh.com, an online digital platform focusing on Credible and Timely news in Ghana and worldwide.

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