Karim Zaza Conscious Of Challenge Facing Morocco

The Atlas Lions’ first choice goalkeeper has said that he and his team-mates are well aware they have a difficult task ahead of them to achieve qualification to the 2010 World Cup.
Aalborg goalkeeper Karim Zaza has told mountakhab.net that he believes that the Moroccan national team will rise to the occasion in their upcoming match versus Cameroon. He also conceded that the side have dropped valuable points in their bid to qualify for South Africa 2010.

However, the Danish-born glovesman believes that the Atlas Lions did not play to their full potential and can do much better in the future, despite the pressure they are currently under.

“We know we didn’t play our real football,” he admitted. “We know that we didn’t play like we are capable of and we know that we’ve lost important ground in the race to qualify for the World Cup.

“We have a lot of pressure on our shoulders and we are going to try to deal with it in order to put in some good matches together in June. We are going to do everything to achieve a positive result in Cameroon. We’ve disappointed a lot of people and we’re going to try to reverse the situation.”

Morocco face the Indomitable Lions in Yaounde on June 6 and will certainly face difficulties in overcoming the West Africans, who were also unable to gain a point in their opening qualifier.

Zaza, who is still sidelined by a shoulder injury he sustained last month, is likely to be named in Roger Lemerre’s side for the match. Morocco are looking to redeem themselves after a shocking 2-1 home loss to Gabon on March 28.

Rami Ayari, Goal.com