Morocco Fans Show Hakimi Support By Chanting His Name After Penalty Miss Led to AFCON Exit: Video

Morocco Fans Show Hakimi Support By Chanting His Name After Penalty Miss Led to AFCON Exit: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Morocco have been eliminated from the Nations Cup
  • The Atlas Lions were beaten by South Africa on Tuesday
  • Morocco will host the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2025

Fans of the Moroccan national team in Cote d'Ivoire showed Paris Saint Germain defender Achraf Hakimi support despite missing a penalty in the defeat to South Africa.

The former Real Madrid right-back had the chance to level the score with five minutes remaining, but fired up and wide as the Bafana Bafana went on to secure a 2-0 win.

Evidence Makgopa opened the scoring for South Africa in the 57th minute before Teboho Mokoena sealed victory late in the game with a fine freekick.

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Morocco fans encourage Achraf Hakimi after penalty miss during defeat to South Africa. Credit: @CAF_Online
Source: Twitter

In a video shared on social media, the Moroccan supporters are seen chanting the name of the player, who was visibly distraught.

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Morocco will now have to wait for the next edition to end their 48-year wait for the Africa Cup of Nations title.

Meanwhile, South Africa will face Cape Verde on Sunday for a place in the semi-final of the 2023 Nations Cup, per CAF Online.

Morocco's elimination means no team in the top five ranking in Africa made it beyond the Round of 16 at the tournament in Cote d'Ivoire.

Morocco suffers AFCON elimination

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Morocco have crashed out of AFCON 2023 after a surprise defeat to South Africa in the last 16 of the competition on Tuesday night.

Second-half goals from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena were enough as South Africa sealed a place in the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, since becoming the first African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar two years ago, Morocco have lost two of 13 matches, and both defeats were inflicted by South Africa.

Regragui takes responsibility for South Africa defeat

Sports Brief also reported that Morocco coach Walid Regragui expressed disappointment following the Atlas Lions' 2023 Africa Cup of Nations elimination.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalist fell short once again after suffering a 2-0 defeat to South Africa in their last-16 clash on Tuesday night.

Tipped as favourites to win the tournament following their exploits in Qatar, the 1976 champions missed a penalty as goals from Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena sent them packing.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.