Malombo banks on Morocco to fly African flag high

Jan ‘Malombo’ Lechaba said Morocco have the best chance of reaching knockout stages of the World Cup.
Jan ‘Malombo’ Lechaba said Morocco have the best chance of reaching knockout stages of the World Cup.

MZANSI football legend Jan “Malombo” Lechaba believes Morocco are the best African team at the ongoing Fifa World Cup and they will make the continent proud in Qatar.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was speaking after watching the Atlas Lions hold 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia to a goalless draw in their opening match of the tournament at the Al Bayt Stadium yesterday. Morocco, who are in a tough Group F alongside Croatia, Belgium and Canada, will be delighted with their start and now have a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages should they maintain their good showing.

Lechaba has long been impressed by the North African side and he believes the reason behind their success is the fact that they have assembled a good team that has been playing together for a long time.

“To be honest, Morocco are one of the best African teams we have at the World Cup,” said Lechaba, speaking at a public viewing organised by the South African Gallery of Legends at Freedom Park in Tshwane.

“And you can see that their players have been playing together for some time and they know exactly what they are doing on that field. They have a good structure and that’s why they can play the way that they are doing and compete at such a high stage.”

Bafana Bafana’s absence at the global showpiece still pains the 62-year-old, and he has pleaded with the powers that be in Mzansi football to take a leaf out of Morocco’s book and focus on rebuilding the structures.

“We don’t have that structure. If I can ask you when last you saw our national youth teams playing, you’ll struggle to recall and that’s the problem.

“How can we have a good national team when our structures are the way they are, a complete mess. Let’s talk about the structure and you’ll see how our football will improve,” Lechaba added.

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