Press review: Clarence Seedorf blames Morocco penalty for Afcon qualifier defeat in Casablanca
By The Atlas Lions, Nov 17 2018 04:44PM
(Goal.com) The 2-0 defeat by Morocco on Friday pushed further into spotlight the Dutchman's unimpressive reign as the Indomitable Lions coach
Clarence Seedorf feels that the opening goal that Cameroon conceded against Morocco was the defining moment that marked his first defeat since he took over the reins as the Indomitable Lions Manager, three months ago.
Morocco opened a two-point lead at the top of Group B in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier following a home victory at Casablanca on Friday.
Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Hakim Ziyech struck a brace in the second half, starting by converting from the spot, after Christian Bassogog had been adjudged to have pushed substitute Sofiane Boufal inside the box.
Ziyech went on to complete his double in the 65th minute, leaving Cameroon with a tall order of staging a comeback, but Seedorf feels it was the penalty that changed the complexion of the game.
“I didn’t argue with the referee because it was useless to do so,” Seedorf said at the post-match news conference.
“I have nothing much to say about that (penalty). I think everyone witnessed what happened and write what you saw.
“For us, the match is over. Morocco played a good game, Cameroon also played a good game but then episodes can change games like what happened today (Friday).”