Former Super Eagles goalkeeper warns Morocco over Cristiano Ronaldo Distractions

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and assistant coach, Sylvanus Okpala has suggested that Morocco do not take the media distractions about Cristiano Ronaldo if they want to go through to the semi-final of the World Cup.

Okpala said he initially had his heart on the Portuguese national team all through the World Cup, because he played in the country for about 11 years in his active days.

He however, confessed that he has changed his stance and will instead, support the North Africans because of his African roots.

He explained that Morocco would need to up their game, as the former European champions are much different to the Spaniards they defeated in the round of 16.

‘Portugal move the ball faster, which is in sharp contrast to the Spanish national side who move the ball slowly and patiently,’ Sylvanus said.

‘Portugal are more physical and play like Africans in terms of strength. So, Morocco should stick to their plans in spite of the drama around Ronaldo, and not allow it disorganize them.’

‘It would be a mistake to write off the Portugal forward as he can still hurt them with his goal scoring ability and pace which he still possesses.’

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