Advantage Morocco heading into Rabat tussle

Advantage Morocco heading into Rabat tussle
Nabil Dirar of Morocco evades tackle from Mahmoud Abdelmoneim Kahraba of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football Quarter Final match between Egypt and Morocco at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 10:30

It is advantage Morocco heading into their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Northern Zone second-leg qualifier against Egypt at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Friday evening.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The Atlas Lions held their rivals to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture hosted in Alexandria last weekend, with the visitors building on their impressive record against the mighty Egyptians.

Ahmed El Sheikh handed the hosts an early lead from the penalty spot, but Morocco hit back through Badr Banoun following the break to secure a favourable result.

Despite their dominance in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Tournaments over the years, Egypt have yet to qualify for a single CHAN tournament in their history.

Morocco have qualified for two previous CHAN tournaments, with their best showing coming in South Africa three years ago as they reached the quarterfinals.

In 28 previous meetings - as per FIFA.com - Morocco have come out on top on 13 occasions compared to three wins for their opponents. 12 fixtures ended all square.

The aggregate winner will book their place at next year's showpiece in Kenya.



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