The group C opener is seemingly an unbalanced battle between tournament’s favourites, Morocco and newcomers Togo who are making their maiden appearance at CHAN.
In the heart of this clash, Moroccan star Ayoub El Kaabi stands as a prominent figure on whom all eyes are turned.
The 27 years old Wydad AC goal getter carries statistics that makes him one of the central figures of this game.
- He’s the only CHAN 2020 player that has played a world cup, being part of the Atlas lions of Morocco at the 2018 Russian world cup. (Played against Iran and Portugal in Group B)
- -EL KAABI is the best goal scorer in the history of CHAN with 9 goals
- He was named best player of CHAN 2018 played on home soil.
- He’s one of the most valued CHAN 2020 players with a market value of 1.1 million euros. Two years ago, he was valued at 2 million euros.
Though scoring just one goal in five playing days of the Botola pro league, Ayoub El Kaabi remains a potential threat to the Togolese defense.
Nevertheless, the sparrow hawks of Togo are not going into the game as a surrendered squad and Paul Abalo, the Togolese gaffer made it clear in the pre-match press conference.
“Kicking off against the current champions is not an easy task but we will fight to the last breath to make proud, the strong Togolese colony in Douala.”
Morocco takes on Togo at 5pm local time while Rwanda locks horns with Uganda in an all east African derby played at the Douala Reunification Stadium.