Wolves defender Romain Saiss has reached the quarter-finals stage at AFCON with Morocco.
The 31-year-old’s dream of victory in Cameroon is still alive, after he led his side to a 2-1 win over Malawi last night.
Morocco actually fell behind in the match thanks to an absolute cracker of a goal from Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango.
But Morocco got back on level terms when Youssef En-Nesyri struck, and took the lead through a sensational Achraf Hakimi free-kick.
It was a hard-fought game for the Atlas Lions, who have now booked their place in the quarter-finals – something they failed to do at the last tournament in 2019.
Another difficult match awaits. Morocco will play the winners of Egypt vs Ivory Coast, who square off tonight.
It was a decent performance from Saiss at the back, who was rested for the nation’s previous game against Gabon. Well, he was sent on in that game in the 89th minute.
Against Malawi he returned to play as a right-sided centre-back and gave a fairly assured display.
He was particularly good on the ball, completing 47/58 passes (81%). He also completed 12/15 long balls (via Sofascore).
Romain Saiss and Morocco march on at AFCON
There perhaps will have been one or two Wolves fans hoping for a Malawi victory last night.
While Bruno Lage would probably love to have Saiss back in his Wolves starting XI, the team has managed well in his absence so far.
Young Toti Gomes has stepped up to the plate. It appears he could be someone Lage looks to keep around, having brought him back from his loan spell with Grasshoppers.
There is a possibility that Morocco could go all the way in Cameroon.
Defending champions Algeria are out. And Ghana didn’t make it out of their group.
And one of Egypt or Cameroon will exit the tournament tonight.
It’s possible Saiss could be there until the end, which is February 6.
Wolves only have one more game before then – an FA Cup fourth-round clash with Norwich City on February 5.