Egypt out to end Morocco's hopes

Egypt out to end Morocco's hopes
Egypt celebrate during the penalty shoot out during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Last 16 match between Ivory Coast and Egypt held at Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon on 26 January 2022 ©Fareed Kotb/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jan 29, 2022. 14:00

Egypt will face off with their North African rivals, Morocco in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 5:00 pm CAT.

The quarter-final match is set to be played at the home venue of the Cameroonian national football team, Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

The Pharaohs booked their spot in the quarter-final after they emerged 5-4 winners over Ivory Coast on penalties in a Round of 16 match that ended in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.

All eyes will be on Egypt’s inspirational captain Mohamed Salah, who scored the winning penalty against Ivory Coast while under immense pressure.

The left-footed world-class attacker has scored once in regulation for Pharaohs in this year’s tournament and he will be keen to play a key role in helping his nation overcome Morocco.

Meanwhile, Morocco progressed to the quarter-finals after they ran out 2-1 winners over Malawi in the Round of 16 game which was played on Tuesday.

The Atlas Lions will pin their hopes of defeating Egypt on influential right-back Achraf Hakimi, who has been one of the best players at the 2021 AFCON finals.

The Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star has scored in each of his last two games for Morocco and he will be determined to continue his scoring form against Egypt.

The last match between Egypt and Morocco was on 18 January 2017.

Morocco thrashed Egypt 3-1 in the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier which was played at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat.

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