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Poll: Who Wins This Match?

Niger: 33% (1 vote)
Morocco: 66% (2 votes)
Draw: 0% (0 votes)
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AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by mukina2: 1:09am On Jan 31, 2012
Although they put in a much-improved performance against Tunisia compared to their dismal showing against co-hosts Gabon, Niger still could not avoid a second loss that equated to an early elimination from their first Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) experience. Nevertheless, the Mena are determined to build on their impressive outing against the Carthage Eagles and attempt to collect at least a point against the other north Africans of Group C, Morocco.

Niger’s players all expressed relief at having shown that they deserved to qualify for the 2012 Afcon ahead of defending champions Egypt, but they are still searching for their first points at the competition and claim that they are hungry for more. Though Roland Courbis’ apparent take-over of the team has confused many onlookers considering Harouna Gabde is still technically the head coach, the 11 men on the pitch will be keen to perform their best no matter who is running things on the sideline.

While Niger’s elimination was expected, Morocco’s was not and the Atlas Lions are still trying to figure out how things went so terribly wrong. Houssine Kharja and his team-mates were not able to hold back an energised Gabon that showed superior physical fitness and mental resolve, particularly in the latter stages of the encounter. Mehdi Benatia received his second yellow during that match and will miss out on this final game due to suspension.

Coach Eric Gerets has expressed a desire to see out his contract but a pointless display thus far has brought additional scrutiny and more criticism than he’s faced during his entire tenure, particularly due to his high wages compared to other Africa-based colleagues. This game may seem meaningless to his players but his slip-up against Niger, widely considered the weakest team in the group, would raise the pressure considerably on the Belgian manager.
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by Nobody: 7:00am On Jan 31, 2012
Nothing to play for but pride
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by mukina2: 7:02pm On Jan 31, 2012
game on
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by mukina2: 8:43pm On Jan 31, 2012
morocco goal
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by chinaaman(f): 8:50pm On Jan 31, 2012
I tip morocco to win this one.
 
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by Nobody: 5:56am On Feb 01, 2012
Niger is just a waste of space
Re: AFCON 2012: Niger Vs Morocco (0 - 1) On January 31st 2012 by kingneo: 8:14am On Feb 01, 2012
go to www.neogenerationnigeria.org to make ur voice count, its time for the new generation to take control of their future/ listen to live naija music
 

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