Egypt v Morocco: AFCON expert Renard looks to extend 30-year streak

Egypt has waited over 30 years for a victory over Morocco, a run it is desperate to end in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal in Port-Gentil.

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Herve Renard, Morocco

Egypt has waited over 30 years for a victory over Morocco, a run it is desperate to end in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal in Port-Gentil.

The Pharaohs have won the competition on each of their last three appearances, in 2006, 2008 and 2010, and hold the overall record of seven titles.

Egypt did not qualify for the following three editions following that famous hat-trick, but Hector Cuper's men finally broke that duck by reaching this tournament.

And after impressively beating Ghana to first place in Group D, the pressure is on to delivery glory.

However, Egypt has not beaten Morocco since March 1986 and now come up against AFCON specialist Herve Renard.

Morocco came through the group stage for the first time in five attempts as a crucial 1-0 matchday three win over Ivory Coast saw Renard dump out the nation with whom he won the tournament two years ago.

The Frenchman is continuing his magic touch in the competition. This is his fifth appearance and he has only lost two of his 22 games at the event. 

He is also the only head coach to have won it twice, having also taken the title with Zambia in 2012.

Egypt and Morocco - who finished second to DR Congo in Group C - are both eyeing a run to the final and will believe its chances are strong with favourites Senegal in the other half of the draw.

The winners of this tie will face either Burkina Faso or Tunisia in Libreville on Wednesday.


Egypt – Mohamed Salah

Egypt only scored twice in the group stage and Roma star Mohamed Salah was involved in both goals.

He set-up Abdallah Said's late winner in the 1-0 victory over Uganda, before scoring the only goal of the game in the decisive final match against Ghana.

Playing at his first major tournament, winger Salah - arguably the tournament's best player - will be crucial to Egypt's hopes of further progression.

Morocco – Faycal Fajr

Deportivo La Coruna playmaker Faycal Fajr has been hugely impressive at AFCON 2017.

His two assists, which both came in the emphatic 3-1 win over Togo, have him joint-top of the tournament's creative charts.

Fajr's crosses and throughballs from open play, along with his set-piece delivery, will ensure Egypt's defence – one that is yet to be breached in the tournament – will be given a stern examination. 


- Morocco has won successive matches in the African Cup of Nations. Only once before has it put together a longer stretch of victories (four in 1976).

- Egypt has gone 22 AFCON games without defeat (W17 D5), last losing in the 2004 tournament (v Algeria) and has only conceded one goal across its last eight AFCON matches.

- Egypt has only managed to secure one AFCON victory in five attempts over Morocco (D1 L3); scoring only two goals across those games.

- Morocco come into this quarterfinal having gone 12 matches unbeaten against Egypt (W4 D8) and conceding just one goal in its last eight against them.

- The Pharaohs have won each of their last three AFCON quarter-final matches, scoring a total of nine goals in that time.

- Egypt was the only team to keep a clean sheet in every game during the 2017 AFCON group stages.

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