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Walid Regragui Reorganizes the Atlas Lions before Congo-Morocco – Media7

National coach Walid Regragui plans a series of significant changes in the composition of the “Lions of the Atlas” for Tuesday’s decisive match against Congo, as part of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

Defensive Reorganization

Chadi Riad, a promising young defender from Real Betis, will replace captain Ghanem Saïss, who is absent due to injury. This change comes after disappointing defensive performances in the match against Zambia, where several errors were made, notably on the goal conceded by Yassine Bounou.

Attack Adjustments

Youssef En-Nesyri could start on the bench after expressing his displeasure during his substitution against Zambia. Ayoub El Kaabi and Sofiane Rahimi are potential candidates to take his place at the forefront of the attack, thus offering a new offensive dynamic to the team.

Return of Sofyan Amrabat

Sofyan Amrabat will return to the team in his defensive midfielder position, replacing Osama El Azzouzi despite his strong performance against Zambia. Amrabat’s absence from the last match was due to a suspension received during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Absence of Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech will be absent due to injury, adding an additional challenge for Regragui who must be without one of his key players. Ziyech had also shown signs of frustration after his substitution in the previous match.

These changes aim to strengthen the Moroccan team before this crucial match against Congo. The ‘Lions of the Atlas’ hope these strategic adjustments will help them secure a vital victory for their qualification to the 2026 World Cup.

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