Morocco Advances to Futsal AFCON Semifinals with Dominant 13-0 Win Over Zambia

Morocco crushes Zambia 13-0 in AFCON Futsal, secures semifinal spot and eyes FIFA Futsal World Cup qualification as defending champions showcase dominance in African tournament.

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Salman Akhtar
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Morocco Advances to Futsal AFCON Semifinals with Dominant 13-0 Win Over Zambia

Morocco Advances to Futsal AFCON Semifinals with Dominant 13-0 Win Over Zambia

The Moroccan national futsal team has secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2024 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a resounding 13-0 victory against Zambia in their Group A match on April 15. The defending champions showcased their dominance throughout the game, scoring eight goals in the first half alone.

Morocco's goal scorers included Bilal Bakkali, Soufiane Charroui, Anas El Ayyane, Soufiane El Mesrar, Ismail Amazal, Idriss El Fenni, Othmane Elidrissi, Anas Dahani, and Youssef Jouad. Zambia's Jackson Siwmawami also scored an own goal . The Atlas Lions finished the group stage at the top of the standings with a perfect record of three wins and nine points.

Angola also advanced to the semifinals from Group A after defeating Ghana 11-3 on the same day. The results mean that Morocco will face the runners-up of Group B, while Angola will take on the winner of that group in the semifinals on Friday.

Why this matters: The top three teams from the AFCON Futsal tournament will qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Uzbekistan later this year. With the two-time defending champions, Morocco is looking to secure their spot in the prestigious global event and continue their dominance in African futsal.

The Zambian coach praised Morocco's high level of play following the match. CAF President Patrice Motsepe also commended Morocco's performances, stating that the country remains capable of organizing African competitions and has contributed to developing football infrastructure in other African nations.

The 2024 AFCON Futsal tournament is being held in Rabat, Morocco, from April 11-21. Eight teams are participating in the competition, divided into two groups. Group A includes Morocco, Angola, Ghana, and Zambia, while Group B comprises Egypt, Libya, Namibia, and Mauritania.

Key Takeaways

  • Morocco crushes Zambia 13-0 in AFCON Futsal group stage
  • Morocco and Angola advance to AFCON Futsal semifinals
  • Top 3 teams qualify for 2023 FIFA Futsal World Cup
  • Morocco aims to defend AFCON Futsal title and qualify for World Cup
  • AFCON Futsal tournament held in Rabat, Morocco from April 11-21