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Can Morocco's Recent Fairy Tale Story Continue?

Morocco has to be a favourite to win this year's Afcon and will be brimming with confidence, coming off the back of their last major tournament, the 2022 Qatar World Cup, where they not only topped the group but made a historic run to the semi-final knocking Spain and Portugal out to get there and with this recent form they should certainly be considered as strong favourites and could stop Senegal from retaining the title.

Thirteen months after their Fifa World Cup fairytale story ended against France, Morocco is back to fight in Africa's most prestigious tournament, The African Cup Of Nations.

The last time Morocco was crowned champions of Africa was in 1976 against Guinea; however, they came close to a second in 2004, losing out to Tunisia and since have often failed to make it past the quarter-finals, such as their 2-1 loss to Eygpt at the 2021 Afcon, their most recent result in the tournament.

Despite their setbacks in the tournament, something feels different this year. After their storybook World Cup, you cannot write them off for this tournament, as in 2022, Walid Regragui's Atlas Lions made it further than any other nation in the tournament, reaching the semi-finals and getting there was no easy task; however, they topped their group of Belgium Croatia and Canada and then had to beat two giants of football in Spain and then Portugal.

While they did lose 2-0 to France, this run springboarded Morocco into World Cup history, capturing the attention of football fans across the globe by showcasing the incredible quality of football from Africa, an often overlooked continent.

As the most experienced team in reaching the knockout stages among their Group F counterparts, Morocco stands poised to navigate the challenges presented by the African Cup of Nations.

While the unpredictability of football tournaments always leaves room for surprises, Morocco's recent track record and formidable squad make it a strong contender for advancing deep into the tournament.

Afcon presents an opportunity for Morocco to build on the momentum gained from their World Cup run and reaffirm their status as a football force to be reckoned with on the African continent.

Morocco will want to use this tournament to translate their previous success onto the African continent. With a rich football history and a squad brimming with talent, expectations are high for Walid Regragui's team.

The fans eagerly await to witness if this year's tournament will script another chapter in Morocco's football fairytale or if new challenges lie ahead. One thing is for sure – the Atlas Lions have roared, and their presence in the tournament demands attention and respect.

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