|Morocco - Congo
paperform makes Congo complete outsiders. A news agency report yesterday
said that Morocco players dismissed any worries about that game. A motivation
help for their opponents who arrive with a lot of players in charge of
European lower division teams (Congo had been troubled by civil wars like
the big brother with the same name and club football had almost broken
down). Congo is very small with roughly less than 3 Million population.
anyway Congo has been scaring a lot of big names during the past 4 years.
Top player should be playmaker #14 Rolf-Christel Guie-Mien (Eintracht Frankfurt,
is often mentioned as one of the title candidates and the long grown team
is a strong unit. But traditionally they have more problems against African
opponents than against European. So don't expect them to walk through the
tournament easily even if they do not have problems today. Famous is their
defender Nourredine Naybet and their strong midfiled, with Chiba, Chippo
and African Footballer of the year 1998 Mustapha Hadji. But watch out for
Adel Ramzi #10. The former captain of the Morocco under 20 side is a newcomer
at his first adult tournament and has already be compared to a young German
Lothar Matthäus. He is on the bench and may come in as substitute.
- 12-Khalid Fouhami, 2-Abdelilah Sabre, 5-Rachid Neqrouz, 6-Noureddine
Naybet, 20-Taher El Khalej (21-Rachid Benmahmoud 76), 16-Youssef Mariana,
7-Mustapha Hadji, 8-Said Chiba, 9-Abdeljilil Hadda (14-Salaheddine Bassir,
83), 13-Ahmed Bahja (10-Adil Ramzi 76), 18-Youssef Chippo
CONGO - 1-Brice Samba, 3-Luc-Arsene Diamesso, 5-Camille Oponga, 15-Toussaint
Service, 21-Jules Tchimbakala, 4-Jean- Sylvestre Nkeoua, 6-Bedel Moyimboukabeka,
8-Rock Embingou (7- Richard Bokatola-Lossombo 77), 14-Rolf-Christel Guie
Mien, 11- Oscar Ewolo, 12-Macchambes Younga Mouhani (17-Modeste Eta, 84)
Cautions: Morocco: Naybet 11 - Bahja 36 - Saber 53.
Alex Quartey (GHA)
Ass. Referees: Saly Achmat (RSA), Endeng Zogo (CMR)
Congolese keeper has already touched the ball twice
power failure at the stadium
failures have occured already twice at the under 20 World Championships
1999 at Nigeria. They seem to be a special Nigerian problem as they are
otherwise untypical for all other African competions I have seen yet.
match continues, I will stick to the running clock. 1st half should last
about 60 minutes now
Congo starts drawn back
and Morocco tries to play them out. Cheered by the crowd the outsiders
abandon their timidity after some minutes and start dominate a little.
Best scenes for Morocco only at two distance attempts (one is a free kick)
from #16 Mariana. Marocco looks more elegant ant more dangerous anyway.
-('40) Best chance for Congo
-('47) Congo: Great solo
(by #14 Guie-Mien ?) excites the crowds and is stopped in the last moment.
The Congolese shirtnumbers are exceptionally samall.
-('54) Congo: Another good
run by #14 Guie-Mien
-('56) Congo: distance shot
Congo has surprised Morocco
who look something in between lacklustre and intimidated although it is
obvious they have bigger potential.
Morocco: Low Hadji shot saved
Singing, drumming, and
dancing has put the players to sleep
-('60) Congo: Beautiful
attack when Guie-Mien changes side and the cross-ball from the player on
the left is tipped by #8 ? towrds the goal, but wide
-('61) Congo: A second dangerous
attack, but the Congolese attacker fires wide
-('65) Morocco: Hadji header
after corner well across the bar
harmless. if there are chances at all there are for Congo, who in some
scenes play spectacular (especially Guie-Mien). But no clear must-score
-('85) Morocco: A long
ball into the penalty area from the left side sails beyond the right goalpost
- goalkeeper gets after it but fails - Hadji heads it backwards in front
of the goal - there is #14 Bassir who just came in and easily scores into
the empty goal - 1:0
-('87) two minutes confusion
in the Congolese defence and Morocco can almost profit
-('89) suddenly Congo is
able to pressure
Morocco, phlegmatic, were
given a victory by the only blunder of the Congolese keeper. Congo played
well but did not create enough clear chances to score. Keeping the Morroccain
potential scoreless had been too difficult. Most conspicious player: Rolf-Christel
Doctor says it is good
to revive some other senses in between when staring at a screen all the