Morocco must stick to their attacking principles and solid defensive fluidity to beat Spain in the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday, according to immediate past Warri Wolves Chairman, Moses Etu.
Yet Etu wants the Atlas Lions to play on the front foot despite facing attacking talents including Alvaro Morata, who has three goals in Qatar, and youth prodigy, Pedri and Gavi in their ranks.
Etu warned Morocco to learn from the Teranga Lions of Senegal who were beaten 3-0 by Three Lions of England in a subdued performance on Sunday night.
“Morocco are the emerging side and the way they went about their performance in the group stage showed they meant business. They cannot allow stage fright or inferiority complex to set in for them against Spain.,” the former Chairman, Delta Force and Delta Stars told our correspondent.
“Tactically, Morocco have to be very strong to beat this Spanish team.
“They are not too complete defensively, but have good players in the middle and even in terms of their offensive animation. But Morocco have the weapons to continue this adventure.
“Japan showed it against Spain and they were victorious. Morocco cannot afford to lower their guard like Senegal did. They have what it takes to beat Spain because apart from their first game where they beat Costa Rica 7-0, they have not been impressive in other games.
The winners of the game on Tuesday (16:00 GMT) will face either Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.
Morocco’s current squad are looking to match the Senegalese side from 20 years ago and reach the last eight in what is their first-ever meeting with Spain.
“All the players are capable of scoring and being dangerous so they must rely on this collective to win this match,” Etu stressed.