Africans always show optimism regardless of the circumstances. All teams are happy and happy when arriving in Russia. Despite the political turmoil and distraction of religious issues, the players kept their spirit in the team’s colors. At least they weren’t distracted by the bonus problem and other noise.
First to mention is Morocco. “Atlas Lions” owns a relatively stable and most complete lineup among 5 representatives. Since Herve Renard took power, he advocated building a tight stone style and inclined to strength.
Coach Renard built a game around captain Mehdi Benatia
Not only leading the solid defense, but the Juventus midfielder also supported and helped Romain Saïss adapt and play explosive. Thanks to the excellence of the stars, the team set foot in Russia without conceding a goal.
Not to mention, in the midfield, Morocco also owns the elite midfielders such as M’barek Boussoufa, Younes Belhanda, and most of all, Hakim Ziyech. The Ajax star promises to bring creativity as well as the ability to change the game after a shining season at the club.
Senegal football team
The team is appreciated in defense with the appearance of the duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Kara Mbodji. Very few teams have better center-backs than these two. Besides, Senegal’s midfield was strengthened and led by Badou Ndiaye and Alfred Ndiaye. The midfield duo has shown their ability to play well and effectively in recent friendly matches.
The most anticipated player was Sadio Mane. He has been compared to El Hadji Diouf, the team’s lucky charm at the 2002 World Cup. Besides, the addition of M’Baye Niang to the attacker gives coach Aliou Cisse many options. However, the 42-year-old strategist has yet to fully exploit the potential of the stars in the upline.
Tunisia is also a nasty opponent in Group G. The team is not appreciated for the ability to control the ball, but coach Nabil Maaloul is not afraid to play a big gamble. He wants his students to play boldly and does not want to let the opponent constantly press. In the friendly match with Spain before, “The Eagle of Carthage” advocated organizing the match according to his wishes before shrinking the defense in the second half.