Bafana Bafana and Atlas Lions will meet for the fifth time – the first friendly though – at the new Agadir Stadium, with both still licking their wounds after failing to reach the final stage of 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Coach Gordon Igesund indicated upon naming his squad that the focus was now on building for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN), which features only locally-based players and will be held in South Africa.
“Half of the team I selected will represent us in the CHAN, while the others will feature in the [2015 AFCON] qualifiers, so it’s a two-pronged approach,” Igesund said.
The last time the Bafana and Morocco played was at the nations Cup earlier this year, when Siyabonga Sangweni’s late goal secured a 2-2 draw.
22 February, 1998 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal
Morocco (1) 1 (Chiba 36)
South Africa (1) 2 (McCarthy 22 Nyathi 79)
30 January, 2002 in Segou, Mali
Africa Cup of Nations, Group B
South Africa (1) 3 (Zuma 42 Mngomeni 48 Nomvete 51)
Morocco (0) 1 (Benmahmoud 77)
4 February, 2004 in Sousse, Tunisia
Africa Cup of Nations, Group D
Morocco (1) 1 (Safri 38 pen)
South Africa (1) 1 (Mayo 29)
27 January, 2013 in Durban
Africa Cup of Nations, Group A
Morocco (1) 2 (El Adoua 10 Hafidi 82)
South Africa (0) 2 (Mahlangu 71 Sangweni 86)