(Goal.com) The Juventus defender is back in the Morocco squad that will be aiming for their maiden victory over the Indomitable Lions
Juventus and Morocco center-back Medhi Benatia has admitted that they are under pressure for three points against Cameroon in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifier in Casablanca on Friday.
Morocco are yet to beat Cameroon in the last 11 meetings. The Indomitable Lions boast of a better head to head record with six victories with five matches ending in draws.
“The pressure is mostly for victory; whether it is Cameroon or another team,” Benatia was quoted as saying by Camfoot.
“We have a quality group. We are lucky to have young players with big potential. Cameroon are also on a good team. We play at home. We are able to pose problems to this team and end this campaign.”
Benatia is back into the Morocco squad for the first time having last doned the national team jersey in June, 2018 during the Fifa World Cup. He missed the last three Afcon qualifiers.
Besides being pressed to break the jinx by beating Cameroon, Herve Renard’s Morocco are also keen to claim top spot with a win.
Victory would see the Atlas Lions assume a two-point lead of Group B ahead of the last round of qualifiers.
By Journal du Cameroun
Morocco will be looking to record their first ever victory against Cameroon when both sides face off later this evening in Casablanca in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
A win for either side will send them top of the group and most preciously for Morocco who need to book their place for the tournament next year in Cameroon.
For Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf, it will be another test to see his players and assess his group as he continues to build a squad capable of retaining their title on home soil next year.
Though Cameroon go into today’s match without the pressure of playing for a qualification ticket, Seedorf maintains the challenge of topping the group should be an extra motivation for his players.
“For us, every match is a preparation for the CAN. We know we are qualified already but we want to finish top of the group because that is the only mentality (the players) should have and of course we know we play against a very strong team in Morocco,”Clarence Seedorf said.
Apart of topping the group, Cameroon will have as extra motivation to maintain their unbeaten record against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
All 11 matches between the two sides have ended in seven wins for the Indomitable Lions and four draws.
Today’s game will rekindle memories of the 1988 Afcon semi final in Casablanca where a Cyril Makanaky goal booked Cameroon’s place into the finals on their way to lift the trophy.
Thirty years on, the game is still fresh in the minds of the home public who will want to finally get one over their football nemesis.
However, Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf is not looking into the record books and is rather focused on the crop of talents at his disposal.
Matches played 11
Morocco wins 0
Cameroon wins 6
Match: Morocco vs Cameroon
Kick off: 20h00 (GMT+1)
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