AFCON 2021: ‘We are prepared to face any opponents’ – Morocco’s Yassine Bounou

Morocco national team goalkeeper Yassine Bounou claims that his side is ready to face any opponent in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations ahead of their quarter-final game.

The Atlas Lions booked their place in the last eight following a 2-1 victory against hard-fighting Malawi in the Round of 16.

The quarter-finals clash between the two rivals is scheduled to take place next Sunday, 30 January at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

Speaking on the upcoming confrontation, Bounou said that they are more than ready to face the Pharaohs.

“We are prepared to face any opponents in the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.

“We only focus on ourselves, and we are always working on developing and improving,” he added.

Malawi took the lead when Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango found the target in the seventh minute.

But Morocco equalized through Youssef En-Nesyri’s header in the 45th minute before right-back Achraf Hakimi grabbed the winner 20 minutes before the full-time whistle.

Egypt on the other hand advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Ivory Coast in a thrilling penalty shoot-out, in a game that saw brilliant performances from The Pharaohs.

Egypt’s last clash with Morocco was in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, when Egypt came on top 1-0 through Kahraba’s late winner.

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