AFCON 2021: It’s a North African derby as Egypt face off with Morocco

The Ahmadou Ahidjou stadium in Yaoundé will host the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 quarterfinal between Egypt and Morocco on Sunday.

The Thriller North African Derby will see Pharaohs and Atlas Lions locking horns for a place in the semifinals, with the title itself as the ultimate target.

A slow start for Carlos Queiroz team was followed by steady and convincing results.

After losing 1-0 to Nigeria, Egypt has not conceded a goal, beating Guinea Bissau and Sudan, before needing penalties to oust Cote d’Ivoire.

The Pharaohs will rely more on superstar Mohamed salah as they know the mission against Morocco would not be an easy one to face.

Meanwhile, Vahid Halilhodzic’s side know the derby is one important step towards the title they are chasing since winning their only trophy back in 1976.

Having won three games and drawn one in this tournament, Achraf Hakimi and teammates produced some very good performances to reach the quarterfinals in style.

This will be the seventh Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Egypt and Morocco, with Morocco winning three of the previous six.

Meanwhile, Egypt won the most recent such match, in the quarter-finals in 2017.

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