Morocco have every reason to believe this is their year to end their long Africa Cup of Nations drought.
Malawi are next up for the Atlas Lions, after they cruised through the group stage unbeaten to raise hopes of a first title since 1976. Since then, they have only reached the semi-finals once, en route to defeat at the hands of Tunisia in the 2004 final.
Malawi qualified as a best third-placed team, getting out of the groups for the first time in their history. Midfielder John Banda said ahead of the tie: “The Morocco game is the biggest game of our lives and we are looking forward to it.”
A spot in the quarter-finals, facing either Senegal or Cape Verde, will be the victor’s prize in Yaounde.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Morocco vs Malawi is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off on Tuesday, January 24, 2022.
Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde will host the match.
Where to watch Morocco vs Malawi
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Morocco vs Malawi team news
QPR winger Ilias Chair is a big doubt for Morocco after coming off early in the draw against Gabon that closed their group stage.
Achraf Hakimi trained ahead of the game having also been a doubt, with coach Vahid Halilhodzic stating his optimism that the star full-back will make the game. Defenders Mohamed Chibi and Sofiane Alakouch have shaken off knocks and are ready for the game.
Having sat out the Senegal game, Malawi’s Limbikani Mzava is again a doubt for this tie with both sides otherwise reporting no fresh injury or Covid-19 concerns.
Morocco vs Malawi prediction
Morocco were one of the sturdier teams in the group stages and this could prove one game too far for plucky Malawi.
Morocco to win, 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Morocco wins: 6
Malawi wins: 1