Morocco vs Gambia Live : The Morocco welcomes Gambia on Wednesday for their international friendly game. For the Moroccans, this match is a part of their preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations as they will meet Namibia in their opening game after two weeks. Morocco and Gambia have met four times in the new century, and the Moroccans are undefeated, recording three victories and a draw in the process. None of those clashes produced over 2,5 goals, while just one saw both sides to hit the back of the nets. Each of the two games that took place on Moroccan soil ended with the same.
The Atlas Lions gave the hosts’ coach Omar Sise some pondering to do even after the inclusion of Atalanta striker Musa Barrow failed to break the deadlock. Gaffer Sise maintained a good chunk of his former U-20s side with Pa Omar Babou, Omar Jobe and Musa leading the attack of a team skippered by Real de Banjul’s centre-back Mbye Faye.
Tuesday friendly allows Sise chance to assess his players input as he prepares for the Olympic qualifiers. Today’s showdown completes what has been a double-legged exhibition affair and determines who emerges supreme in this rematch. Hakim Ziyech scored twice as Morocco defeated Cameroon 2-0 in Casablanca on Friday to take a giant step towards next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Karl Toko Ekambi was sent off in the second half for the Indomitable Lions, who fell to the first defeat of Clarence Seedorf’s brief tenure and their first ever loss to Morocco. The win moves Morocco up to top spot in Group B, on 10 points, and they’ll progress if they avoid a defeat by a three-goal margin in their final qualifier against Malawi in March 2019.
They could also secure their ticket for the biennial showpiece if the Flames fail to win away at Comoros on Saturday. Morocco were much improved after the break following a turgid first half, with substitute Sofiane Boufal adding vitality and invention to Herve Renard’s side following his half-time entrance.
He was brought down for a penalty which Ziyech dispatched in the 54th minute, before the Ajax playmaker then added a second with a 20-yard effort 12 minutes later. Boufal went close to completing his triumphant return to the national team in style when he sent an effort wide in the 72nd minute, while Toko Ekambi was dismissed after being shown a second yellow card, for diving, in the 79th minute.
While Cameroon have qualified automatically for the 2019 AFCON as hosts, the Indomitable Lions are still taking part in the qualifying campaign in Group B. They will aim to bounce back in an international friendly against Brazil in London on November 20. It will come as little surprise to the majority of football fans that the youngest player to have been directly involved in six or more goals in all competitions in Europe’s major leagues so far this term is Kylian Mbappe.
The Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid – and World Cup winner – scored four in his first three Ligue 1 matches this season, and contributed assists against Amiens and Nimes before being sidelined by a red card in the latter match. While Mbappe is a household name, his closest rival for direct goal contributions among wonderkids in Europe’s major leagues is a much less heralded star. Indeed, after Mbappe – who will turn 20 on December 20 – The Gambia’s Musa Barrow is the youngest player to have already played a direct part in six goals this term.
The Atalanta forward is just over a month older than Mbappe, yet remains at a much earlier stage of his development, and only just made his debut for The Gambia during the recent international window. However, last term, he became the youngest person to have scored at least two and contributed two assists in the 2017-18, and last weekend, caught the eye with a cameo in the Scorpions’ home draw with heavyweights Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 8.
After replacing Lamin Jallow in the second half, he was arguably the most impressive player on the pitch, with his movement in dangerous areas – he notably appears to almost glide across the turf – troubling the North African giants.