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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).”

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 16 2018 01:44PM

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.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 16 2018 09:06AM

Morocco have never beaten Cameroon in their previous meetings and are looking to break that jinx on Friday.


Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf feels Morocco’s 2018 World Cup experience will count when the two sides meet in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Casablanca on Friday.


The Indomitable Lions beat Morocco 1-0 in the reverse fixture last year but Seedorf now rates the Atlas Lions highly especially after they took part at the World Cup in June.


Morocco who are seeking their first ever victory over Cameroon did not progress past the Group stage at the World Cup but Seedorf feels they are a solid unit.


“It will definitely be a tough game,” Seedorf told JournalduCameroun.


“I consider Morocco as one of the best teams in Africa. A team that has experience from the World Cup and they were a bit unlucky in the few matches. But this will be a tough match. We are here to do our duty and to play our best and try to win the match.


“I am sure Morocco will try to do the same. Hopefully we can give people a good match. I have followed every match for Morocco for a long time.


“I think they are very talented team like always. Morocco has always had talent. But also for Morocco it is about building something that can be there for a long time.”


Morocco welcome back Juventus defender Medhi Benatia who was dropped for the last three Afcon qualifiers after featuring at the World Cup.


Seedorf on the other end has appointed Villarreal striker Karl Toko Ekambi as captain for the Morocco match.


Ekambi takes over the armband from Georges Mandjeck and is the third captain under Seedorf who has also previously appointed PSG’s Eric Choupo-Moting as skipper.


Cameroon have eight points and lead Group B in an inconsistent campaign for them, while Morocco trail by just a point on second spot.



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