Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2017 match:
It has been seven years since Egypt won their last Africa Cup of Nations trophy. The Pharaohs are after their eighth CAN title and they have been producing fine performances at the tournament in Gabon. Following a goalless draw with Mali Egypt recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Uganda and Ghana in last two group games and it has to be noted that they are after their sixth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Morocco, on the other hand, defeated star-studded Ivory Coast on Tuesday and thanks to the triumph they set up a meeting with Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. Seeing that under 1.5 goals were scored in each of their last four previous meetings, we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair in Sunday’s football match at Stade de Port-Gentil. When the two teams met at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations they played out a goalless draw.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto.
Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda.
Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament.
The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 African Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game.
Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustafa Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.