Both Egypt and Morocco came through qualifying unscathed and undefeated. That will all change this evening though in Port-Gentil, in the last of the quarter-finals. Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Ghana – who beat DR Congo earlier today – are already through to the semi-finals, with the winner of this match facing Burkina Faso on Wednesday in Libreville.
Egypt played all of their group games in the city of Port-Gentil. Morocco, meanwhile, were delayed in leaving Oyem on Thursday and when they arrived in Port-Gentil, the Moroccan delegation found that the hotel set aside for them was not ready so they were forced to quickly source an alternative.
Victory for Morocco would see Hervé Renard, the national coach, move a step closer to lifting a third Africa Cup of Nations title. The Frenchman could become the first coach to win the title three times, with three different countries. “To be able to have a great party when we return to Morocco would be magnificent,” Renard said. “And I know what I am talking about.”
Egypt will not prove easy opposition, though, after progressing from Group D without conceding a goal. Should they get the better of Morocco, the possibility of a eighth title will be all the more real.
Kick-off: 7pm GMT