Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Morocco beat Namibia 1-0 after late own goal

Morocco players celebrate their victory over Namibia
Group D - featuring Morocco, Namibia, Ivory Coast and South Africa - is considered the tournament's toughest group

Namibia forward Iitamunua Keimuine's 89th-minute own goal gifted Morocco victory in their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group D match.

Keimuine misjudged Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech's free-kick as the 2017 quarter-finalists won in Cairo.

Two-time winning coach Herve Renard's side were limited to largely long-range attempts against a Namibia side making their first appearance since 2008.

Ivory Coast face South Africa in Group D's other match on Monday (15:30 BST).

Despite a starting line-up featuring Ajax player of the season Ziyech, Morocco looked on course for a point against a side ranked 113 in the world - in what is considered the tournament's toughest group.

Nabil Dirar forced Namibia goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua to tip a looping long-range shot over in an uneventful first half, while Nordin Amrabat went down under a challenge by Danzil Haoseb but saw his appeals for a penalty dismissed.

In search of a solution, French coach Renard - who previously triumphed with Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015 - introduced Celta Vigo forward Sofiane Boufal who made a marked difference to the Morocco attack.

The former Southampton man almost made an instant impact, forcing Kazapua to save low to his right, before firing narrowly wide with 10 minutes remaining.

Ziyech, expected to leave Ajax this summer, offered darting runs and trickery but Namibia remained well-organised before suffering a cruel blow as Keimuine's error handed Morocco all three points.

Next, Morocco face Renard's former side Ivory Coast on Friday (18:00 BST), while Namibia come up against South Africa later that day (21:00 BST).

Analysis

by BBC Africa's Matthew Kenyon:

"An average performance, but the most important [thing] is to win three points." Morocco coach Herve Renard summed things up neatly - at the end of a game his team scarcely deserved to win.

It's true the Atlas Lions had most of the possession - and their build-up play was effective at times. But in the final third, it broke down time and time again, to the obvious frustration of players and fans.

The last-minute own goal was so harsh on Namibia - who deserved a point, although they created little. Ivory Coast and South Africa have been warned. Morocco got away with this one, and will surely be keen to do better.

Line-ups

Morocco

  • 1Bono
  • 17Dirar
  • 5Benatia
  • 6Saïss
  • 2Hakimi
  • 18BourabiaSubstituted forBoufalat 58'minutes
  • 15Aït BennasserSubstituted forEl Ahmadiat 70'minutes
  • 7Ziyech
  • 14Boussoufa
  • 16N Amrabat
  • 19En-NesyriSubstituted forBoutaïbat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mazraoui
  • 4da Costa
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 9Boufal
  • 11Fajr
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Boutaïb
  • 20Idrissi
  • 21Abdelhamid
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23Baadi

Namibia

  • 23Kazapua
  • 6Horaeb
  • 22Nyambe
  • 2Haoseb
  • 4Hanamub
  • 19Shitembi
  • 12Ketjijere
  • 10StarkeSubstituted forPapamaat 64'minutes
  • 7HottoSubstituted forStephanusat 87'minutes
  • 11LimbondiSubstituted forKeimuineat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Shalulile

Substitutes

  • 1Mbaeva
  • 3Gebhardt
  • 5Hambira
  • 8Stephanus
  • 9Shilongo
  • 14Kamatuka
  • 15Papama
  • 16Mbazuvara
  • 17Keimuine
  • 18Gurirab
  • 20Kamberipa
  • 21Fredericks
Referee:
Louis Hakizimana
Attendance:
6,857

Match Stats

Home TeamMoroccoAway TeamNamibia
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Morocco 1, Namibia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morocco 1, Namibia 0.

Booking

Itamunua Keimuine (Namibia) is shown the yellow card.

Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Itamunua Keimuine (Namibia).

Nabil Dirar (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Itamunua Keimuine (Namibia).

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco).

Itamunua Keimuine (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Itamunua Keimuine, Namibia. Morocco 1, Namibia 0.

Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Itamunua Keimuine (Namibia).

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Willy Stephanus replaces Deon Hotto.

Romain Saïss (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Shalulile (Namibia).

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Morocco).

Larry Horaeb (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Namibia. Lloyd Kazapua tries a through ball, but Peter Shalulile is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lloyd Kazapua (Namibia).

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Itamunua Keimuine replaces Absalom Limbondi.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moubarak Boussoufa.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Khalid Boutaïb replaces Youssef En-Nesyri.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Foul by Nabil Dirar (Morocco).

Deon Hotto (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Romain Saïss (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Absalom Limbondi (Namibia).

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Karim El Ahmadi replaces Youssef Aït Bennasser.

Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Morocco) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech with a cross following a set piece situation.

Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Riaan Hanamub (Namibia).

Foul by Achraf Hakimi (Morocco).

Petrus Shitembi (Namibia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco).

Ryan Nyambe (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Marcel Papama replaces Manfred Starke.

Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uganda11002023
2Egypt11001013
3Zimbabwe100101-10
4DR Congo100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea10102201
3Madagascar10102201
4Burundi100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria11002023
2Senegal11002023
3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco11001013
2Ivory Coast00000000
3South Africa00000000
4Namibia100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Angola00000000
2Mali00000000
3Mauritania00000000
4Tunisia00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benin00000000
2Cameroon00000000
3Ghana00000000
4Guinea-Bissau00000000
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