Morocco, Ivory Coast battle for top spot

Morocco, Ivory Coast battle for top spot
Noureddine Amrabat of Morocco challenged by Chris Katjiukua of Namibia during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Namibia at Training at Al-Salaam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 23 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jun 27, 2019. 16:00

Morocco will meet Ivory Coast in their second 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D match on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

The encounter will take place at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian city of Cairo.

The Atlas Lions recorded a 1-0 victory against Namibia in their opening group match which was played in Cairo on Sunday.

Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Hakim Ziyech is one of the best African players at the moment and he has the ability to inspire the Atlas Lions to victory over Ivory Coast.

Morocco head coach Herve Renard will be hoping to mastermind a victory for the 1976 AFCON champions against his former side.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast secured a 1-0 victory against South Africa in their maiden group match which was also played in Cairo on Monday.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is one of the top attackers in the English Premier League and he will be keen to help the Elephants secure their second win.

Ivory Coast head coach Ibrahim Kamara will be eager to lead the two-time AFCON champions to a big victory against the star-studded Morocco team.

This will be the 20th meeting between Morocco and Ivory Coast.

The teams have registered six wins and seven games ended in a draw.

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