Wolves star Romain Saiss has played his first match for Morocco today at the Africa Cup of Nations, helping his side beat Ghana 1-0.
The tournament got underway yesterday, with hosts Cameroon beating Burkina Faso 2-1 and Cape Verde beating Ethiopia 1-0.
Earlier today, Senegal ran out 1-0 winners against Zimbabwe and Guinea have beaten Malawi 1-0.
Saiss played the full game today for Morocco, and it was another assured display from the 31-year-old, who sported the captain’s armband.
Interestingly, Saiss actually lined up in a flat back four, alongside Naif Aguerd. He played on the right, which is a very different role to the one he’s been playing for Wolves.
Saiss, of course, has been in wonderful form this term operating on the left of a back three at Molineux.
It didn’t throw him off too much. Saiss dealt with most situations in the match well. In fairness, Ghana didn’t pose a particularly big attacking threat.
Wolves fans know Saiss to be a pretty decent goal threat himself.
In the first 20 minutes, he had a couple of headed chances from free-kicks. And shortly before half-time, he actually did have one glorious opportunity to score.
Morocco had a free-kick on the left, and the star just couldn’t keep his header down from close range.
In the second-half there was brief worry when Saiss clashed heads with Andre Ayew. But thankfully both players were OK to continue, with Ayew sporting a bandage.
It was not the greatest of games, but at least there was a goal, with Sofiane Boufal scoring in the 83rd minute.
Comoros and Gabon, the other two teams in Morocco and Ghana’s group, face off this evening.
A solid start to AFCON for Wolves star Romain Saiss
It was another really good performance from Saiss, who is clearly in a great moment in his career right now.
He just seems to be operating with such composure and solidity.
It is great to see him leading his nation so well, and hopefully he can continue this excellent form for as long as possible.
Even if that does mean Morocco staying in the tournament longer and Wolves not being able to call on the former Angers man.
It would be brilliant to see him lift that trophy in a few weeks’ time having captained the side.