Pre-match quotes: Morocco vs Namibia

Pre-match quotes: Morocco vs Namibia
26 January 2018 10:52

Jamal Sellami (Head Coach, Morocco)

Tomorrow's match will be a strong and difficult one so if we want to play in the semis we have to deserve it by winning against Namibia.


We're ready for Namibia because we have been preparing for 18 months which is enough to get us through. They (Namibia) are a team with balance and keeps the ball well so we have to keep our own balance and work towards breaking down their defence because they're yet to concede in the tournament after three matches against difficult opponents.


The rhythm will be different in Casablanca for Namibia because we have our fans behind us with will play a part tomorrow.


I will choose the players who I think are ready and will get us a result because we have a good group which is ready to get us a win. We have good players with the good qualities and we have to show that against Nambia.


Namibia might approach the game direct with long balls or in a different way but the game will be played on the pitch.

 

Jawad El Yamid (Defender, Morocco)

I missed the first two matches and came in against Sudan in the last group game, but I will be ready if the coach starts me tomorrow.


We have been preparing for almost two years and we're ready to defend our national colours.


Having Herve Renard attending our training sessions and being in the stands on match day's that is a motivation for us because as local players we want graduate to the senior national team and in a World Cup year we want to be in contention for Russia, but it has to start here.

 

Ricardo Giovanni Mannetti (Head Coach, Namibia)

It will be premature to say how we would approach the match but I can say it will be a good game. Everything is possible in 90 minutes and if it needs for us to play our best football in the tournament we will.


Namibia came to the tournament as underdogs and we will remain underdogs but that doesn't mean the dogs don't have teeth to beat.


We're very positive that we can surprise Morocco and get a positive result. Morocco is a good team and I think we need to improve our play as we have shown in our previous three matches.


The fact that we're here for the first time doesn't mean we don't want to win. We want to do well and beat Morocco in front of their fans.


I'm not the kind of coach who lives in the past. We have broken boundaries in qualifying to the tournament which is a huge achievement considering we did not have a league back home for nearly two years.


We will not be intimidated by the fans but I think that will be something for Morocco to deal with.

 

Himeekua Ronald Ketjijere (Captain, Namibia)

We will defend as a team and the Moroccan players will be dealt with. We want to do well and we're really confident that we can go through.


We're not afraid of their stars because we have played against big players in the past with the senior national team one of which was Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel.

Fixtures and Results

Sun 04 Feb 2018

Final
4:0

Sat 03 Feb 2018

3rd Place Match
1:1

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