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Regragui – SA Can Win AFCON

Morocco head coach Walid Regragui says Bafana Bafana have the capabilities of winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Atlas Lions boss, who led them to a historic 2022 FIFA World Cup last-four berth, was speaking ahead of their fixture against 2023 AFCON hosts Ivory Coast in Abidjan.

With Morocco drawn in Group F with DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania on Thursday, he warned that it could be a tournament where the ‘outsiders’ thrive.

The North Africans, the hosts, Nigeria, Algeria are among the early favourites for the upcoming showpiece, but Regragui says they need to exercise caution.

“In the African Cup, you have every team that can win the African Cup, also South Africa, when I travelled there I lost [to Bafana Bafana], now you don’t have easy games anymore,” the former Wydad coach said.

“For the Morocco team, Inshallah, we’ll try to do our best [to win the competition] the same like the World Cup, I think many teams are outsiders to win [the AFCON].”

Morocco are ranked number one in Africa ahead of the binneal event set to take place in West African between 12 January and 11 February 2024.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.