Morocco thrashed Guinea Bissau in the second group stage match of the Qatar 2022 qualifiers. The 5-0 final scoreline featured goalscorers familiar to Spain such as Munir, who scored the fifth, and Achraf who opened the scoring at the Moulay Abdallah stadium in Rabat.
The match was shrouded in mystery because the day before all the Guinea players and coaching staff suffered severe food poisoning at their training hotel in the Moroccan capital.
In a statement issued by the Guinea Bissau Federation, it was revealed that the team's coaching staff were suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea and had to be treated urgently by the medical services in Rabat. Some were taken to hospital for more intensive care.
Football365 Africa media took direct aim at Morocco through a Federation source who commented on the situation, "I think they put something in the dinner. The whole technical staff and the 25 players are sick. We are in contact with CAF to see what to do about the match".
Coach Baciro Candé gave more details of the situation, "Fifteen minutes after leaving the table, the players and members of the technical staff started to feel stomach pains. Some had diarrhoea and we had to go to hospital. We stayed there until the early hours of Wednesday morning".
Guinea Bissau federation president Carlos Teixeira refused to send the players to the match in those conditions and called for a suspension. FIFA ordered the match to be held and gave the teams no options to find another date.
Morocco are now top of the group with six points and Guinea Bissau are second with four points. Guinea and Sudan slip out of first place, which is the only one that gives access to the next round in search of Qatar 2022.
It is this rivalry for first place that has given rise to the accusations, with Guinea pointing the finger directly at Morocco as the culprit for the poisoning. The Alawi federation has not commented on this fact.
This situation is similar to that suffered in 2017 by Gabon coached by José Antonio Camacho. In the run-up to the key match against Morocco on the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, half of the expedition spent the whole day vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea. Camacho said days later that his players did not trust their opponents and some of them asked for food outside the hotel.