Invited by Algerian channel, El Heddaf, on Tuesday to analyze the CAN 2017’s matches, Zaki expressed his dismay at the performance of Morocco, saying that “the second half of Morocco’s match against the Democratic Republic of Congo was disastrous.”
Zaki said on that “the mission of Morocco’s current coach, Hervé Renard has become complicated.”
Zaki’s statement follows Morocco’s 0 – 1 defeat against the Democratic Republic of Congo in their opening match of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017) on Monday.
DRC’s Junior Kabanga scored the only goal of the match against Morocco at the 55 minute mark, securing his team’s place at the top of Group C, which also includes Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, who tied in their match on Monday.
Zaki went on to say that “50 % of the players who were selected by Renard to participate in the CAN 2017 are not competitive, including Omar El Kaddouri and Aziz Bouhaddouz.”
Zaki continued, noting that “Renard is the one who takes responsibility of Morocco’s defeat.”
In a previous interview with Algerian channel, Annahar, Zaki ruled Morocco out of the list of favorites to win CAN 2017 in Gabon, saying that Morocco can hardly hope to advance past the first round [and qualify for other rounds], something it has not managed it to achieve since 2004.”
Congo’s Junior Kalonji scored the only goal of the match against Morocco at the 55 minute mark, securing his team’s place at the top of Group C, which also includes Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, who tied in their match on Monday.
Morocco’s second scheduled match, against Togo, will take place on January 20 before moving on to play Côte D’Ivoire on January 24.