Morocco’s Atlas Lions will be favored in their two-legged 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff tie against DR Congo with their announced squad including Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi as well as Sevilla FC attackers Youssef En-Nesyri and Munir El Haddadi. Also included among manager Vahid Halilhodžić’s list is FC Barcelona starlet Abde Ezzalzouli, who may make his senior national team debut after rejecting the call for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Possessing a solid team from back to front, the Atlas Lions travel to Kinshasa for the first leg on March 25 before hosting the second leg in Casablanca four days later. Morocco were defeated in the quarterfinals of the 2021 AFCON by North African rivals Egypt following extra-time and will be eager to secure a spot in Qatar.
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