The Moroccan national team will face its Tanzanian counterpart, today, Tuesday, starting at eight in the evening, on the field of Benjamin Mkapa Stadium, in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, for the second round of the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup finals, which will be held in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
The sons of Walid Regragui are looking forward to achieving victory in their first match in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, despite being held outside the country, in order to proceed successfully during the competition to enter the World Cup finals scheduled for the United States of America, Canada and Mexico, especially since Tanzania and Zambia achieved the three points in their first matches against Niger. and Congo-Brazzaville.
The technical team, led by Walid Regragui, will be required to find the appropriate combination capable of achieving victory, to return with the three points from Dar es Salaam, especially since the two matches that were played outside Morocco, Achraf Hakimi’s teammates failed to win in them, after they were defeated by two goals to one against South Africa, at the Soccer Stadium. City in Johannesburg, and tied with Côte d’Ivoire, 1-1, on the field of Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, in Abidjan.
In relation to the aforementioned match, national voter Walid Regragui said that the national team players will do their best to achieve a positive result against Tanzania, in their first match in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, explaining that the team’s technical staff was able to recover some players, while others are still injured, Pointing out that the elements that will participate in today’s match will do their utmost to return with a positive result.
Regragui confirmed, during the press conference that preceded the match, that the technical staff and Moroccan players are ready and aware of their responsibility, stressing the extreme importance of this match, as it is the first for the national team in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, and highlighting that his team is motivated “as usual” to achieve a good result.
He said in this context, it is the beginning of the qualifiers and we realize that the road is long to reach the World Cup, and this begins with today’s match, adding that there is no longer an easy match, and that focus is necessary to achieve a positive result for any team that dreams of going to the World Cup.
The national voter said that the players do not detract from the Tanzanian national team, pointing out that the Tanzanian players are very excited, because today’s match is the match of the year for them, and they will also be playing in front of their fans, and that their victory over Niger has strengthened their self-confidence.
Regragui concluded his statements by noting that:
He treats these qualifiers as a mini-tournament, and realizes that the Moroccan team must ultimately take the lead, noting that they must go through marathon qualifiers to qualify and respect all the teams in the group.
In the same context, the FIFA Referees Committee decided on the name of the South African referee, Tom Abongile, to lead the aforementioned match between the Moroccan national team and its Tanzanian counterpart, with the assistance of both his compatriot Siwela Zakhel, as first assistant, and Fatswan Soro from Lesotho, as second assistant, while The job of the fourth official was entrusted to South African Ntzandika Tando Helpos.
The Moroccan national team faced its Tanzanian counterpart in four matches throughout history, where the “Taif Kings” achieved a single victory, while the “Atlas Lions” managed to win in three matches, noting that the first meeting between them took place in 2010, while the last confrontation was in 2013. .
The first match between the two teams was on October 9, 2010, in the framework of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, where the Moroccan national team prevailed with a clean goal, scored at that time by Mounir El Hamdaoui, so the meeting between them was renewed on October 9, 2011, in the same competition, during the return match. The Atlas Lions won with three goals to one, scored by Marouane Chamakh, Adel Taarabt and Mubarak Boussoufa.
The meeting between the two teams was renewed for the third time, on March 24, 2013, as part of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, under the leadership of Rachid Taoussi, when the Moroccan national team was defeated in Dar es Salaam by three goals to one, before they met again on the field of the Grand Stadium of Marrakesh, on June 8. 2013, where Morocco won with two goals to one, scored by Abdel Razzaq Hamdallah from a penalty kick and Youssef El Arabi.