With two of Africa’s footballing giants, Morocco will be fighting to get to the next stages of the African Cup of Nations as they play against title holders Ivory Coast at the Stade d’Oyem in the third and final round of Group C.
Morocco have been in a really inconsistent state in their recent games. The team that have been a constant representative of the African Continent in major competition have been silent in recent years.
Morocco only need a point to be sure of a place in the quarter-finals after recovering from an opening defeat to DR Congo by coming from behind to defeat Togo 3-1 on Friday. An added twist is Morocco being managed by Renard, the man who led the Elephants to AFCON glory two years ago.
Renard, who also guided Zambia to the AFCON title in 2012, left Ivory Coast to manage Lille but returned to international management after lasting only 13 games in Ligue 1.
“Sometimes, at an Africa Cup of Nations, you have to respond to setbacks and just stay solid,” Renard said of Morocco’s response in their second game.
Ivory Coast must defeat Morocco and their old boss Herve Renard if they are to defend their Africa Cup of Nations title from ending at the first hurdle. The two teams meet in Oyem on Tuesday as Group C reaches a thrilling conclusion.
Holders Ivory Coast were among the pre-tournament favourites. Consecutive draws against Togo and DR Congo have them on the brink of a shock exit.
DR Congo are top of the group on four points, with Morocco one behind. Ivory Coast have two points, with Togo on one, but all four teams can still go through or crash out on the final matchday.
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