En-Nesyri scores twice as Morocco defeat Sierra Leone in final AFCON warm-up

Morocco secured a 3-1 victory over Sierra Leone on Thursday at the San Pedro stadium in Cote d'Ivoire as the Atlas Lions concluded their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) set to start on 13 January.

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jan 2024,
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Youssef En-Nesyri
File Photo: Youssef En-Nesyri celebrates scoring for Morocco. Photograph:AP

 

Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri canceled Sierra Leone's early lead by equalizing for the Atlas Lions in the 30th minute.

Five minutes later, winger Sofiane Boufal doubled the lead for Morocco.

En-Nesyri continued his dazzling performance, netting the second ten minutes into the second half.

Morocco, drawn in Group F alongside DR Congo, Zambia and Tanzania, will start their Nations Cup campaign on Wednesday 17 January against Tanzania. 

With a single title in 1976 and a finalist appearance in 2004, the Moroccan national team hope to end their 48-year African trophy drought and win the title.

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Group A W D L P
Nigeria
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 1 0 7
Cote d Ivoire
1 0 2 3
Guinea Bissau
0 0 3 0
Group B W D L P
Cape Verde
2 1 0 7
Egypt
0 3 0 3
Ghana
0 2 1 2
Mozambique
0 2 1 2
Group C W D L P
Senegal
3 0 0 9
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Cameroon
1 1 1 4
Gambia
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Angola
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Mauritania
1 0 2 3
Algeria
0 2 1 2
Group E W D L P
Mali
1 2 0 5
South Africa
1 1 1 4
Namibia
1 1 1 4
Tunisia
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
DR Congo
0 3 0 3
Zambia
0 2 1 2
Tanzania
0 2 1 2