Mbark Boussoufa of Morocco challenged by Cedric Bakambu of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Jan 24, 2017. 17:00
Morocco will square off with Ivory Coast in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group C match at the Stade d'Oyem in the Gabonese city of Oyem on Tuesday.
Kick-off is at 21h00 (CAT).
The Atlas of the Lions thrashed Togo 3-1 in their previous Group C game in Oyem on Friday. Aziz Bouhaddouz, Romain Saiss and Youssef En-Nesyri netted for Morocco.
Morocco are placed second on the Group C standings with three points. They are a point behind log leaders Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Herve Renard, the Morocco head coach, is aware of the fact they need to beat his former side Ivory Coast in order to advance to the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast were held to a 2-2 draw by DR Congo in their previous Group C game in Oyem on Friday. Wilfried Bony and Serey Die both netted for the Elephants.
Ivory Coast, who are the defending champions, are placed third on the Group C standings with two points. They are also two points behind group leaders DR Congo.
Elephants head coach Michel Dussuyer is under pressure to mastermind a victory which would see his star-studded side book their place in the quarter-finals.
Faycal Fajr - Morocco
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder was very influential for the Lions of the Atlas as they recorded their first win of the 2017 AFCON finals against Togo. The Spain-based attacker will look to produce another man of the match performance against Ivory Coast and help his side win.
Wilfried Bony - Ivory Coast
The experienced forward is oozing with confidence after opening his scoring account in the 2017 AFCON finals for the Elephants. The 28-year-old striker will be keen to inspire his side to their first victory in the tournament against the Lions of the Atlas.
Head-to-head - Ivory Coast v Morocco
Morocco FIFA ranking: 57
Ivory Coast FIFA ranking: 34
Matches played: 17
Morocco Wins: 4
Ivory Coast Wins: 6
Morocco goals scored: 23
Ivory Coast goals scored: 24
Last match: 12 November 2016 in Marrakech - Morocco 0-0 Ivory Coast