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6 Moroccan Stars Who Could Shine Against Bafana

With Bafana Bafana set to face Morocco on Thursday night, here are six Atlas Lions dangermen who could cause problems for South Africa.

Click through the gallery above to see some Morocco stars who could cause problems for South Africa in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this week!

Bafana have only ever played in the north African country once before, a 1-1 draw back in 2013.

Despite coming off the back of a 3-0 humbling at the hands of the United States of America in a friendly, Morocco will still be considered by many to be favourites in both teams' inaugural 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match because of the excess of talented stars in their ranks who ply their trade in Europe's best leagues.

One of them is Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi. The Spanish-born fullback is one of the most expensive defenders in history, and at the age of 23, he continues to add to his already impressive career trophy haul.

This past season was his first in the French capital, during which he captured the Ligue 1 title to add to the Scudetto he won the season prior with Inter Milan.

His ability to bomb up and down the right flank and put in dangerous crosses will cause problems for South Africa, while he will also help keep the Bafana attack quiet while on defence.

Morocco, though, have another world-class right-back in Noussair Mazraoui.

Like Hakimi, Mazraoui was born in Europe, and after an apparent fallout with national team head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, the 24-year-old has been reintroduced to the squad for the team ranked 24th in the world.

Bayern Munich's newest signing has ample experience playing in elite European competition, having been part of Erik ten Hag's Ajax Amsterdam side that reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/19 season.

Having missed the Atlas Lions' loss to the USA, perhaps his return to the team will come against South Africa, a side he beat during the 2019 AFCON.

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Should the Bafana attack manage to bypass the likes of Hakimi and Mazraoui, they still need to put the ball into the back of Yassine Bounou's net.

The former Wydad Casablanca goalkeeper kept the fifth most clean sheets in LaLiga this past season, having played the least minutes of any of the top 10 largely due to his AFCON commitments at the start of the year.

Scoring against the Sevilla man may prove a tough ask for the 1996 champions of Africa – scroll through the gallery above to see more Morocco stars Bafana need to keep an eye on Thursday night!

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