Sunday, November 15, 2009
Moroccan football meltdown complete
Morocco's hopes of sneaking through to the World cup have been dashed. Cameroon beat Morocco 2-0 on Saturday to qualify for next year's 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Achille Webo's first-half goal and a strike from captain Samuel Eto'o early in the second half ensured Cameroon finished on 13 points at the top of Group A, four points ahead of second-placed Gabon.
The mood in Fez was one of despondency with many people asking just what Morocco needed to do to regain its place in the football world.
The only people with a smile on their faces were from Cameroon or were visiting Kiwis - New Zealand, led by Blackburn centre-half Ryan Nelsen, qualified – for the second time – thanks to a goal from Plymouth Argyle's Rory Fallon and a penalty save by goalkeeper Mark Paston as they won their play-off against Bahrain 1-0 after a goalless first leg.