November 22, (THEWILL) – Morocco kicked off their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 away victory over Tanzania on Tuesday night. The Atlas Lions, who reached the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup, secured the three points in Dar es Salaam courtesy of a first-half goal from Hakim Ziyech and a second-half own goal by Tanzania’s Bakari Mwamnyeto.
Tanzania were reduced to 10 men in the second half when Novatus Miroshi received a second yellow card. Despite having the one-man advantage, Morocco were content to see out the victory.
With Eritrea having withdrawn from Group E, Morocco have already established a lead at the top of the table after just one match. Fellow group rivals Niger also made a winning start with a 2-1 home victory over Zambia. Goals from Amadou Moutari and Boubacar Goumey gave Niger the three points.
After two matchdays in the African 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Morocco have sent an early signal that they aim to build on their impressive showing in Qatar in 2022. Their next task will be to maintain their 100% record when they face South Sudan in March.
Overall, it was a positive start to Morocco’s qualifying campaign as they chase another World Cup appearance after their exploits in Qatar. Head coach Walid Regragui will be pleased with a professional performance to claim the opening three points on offer.