Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Kahraba hands Egypt ticket to AFCON semi-final

Morocco coach Herve Renard has called on his side to "seize the opportunity" at the Africa Cup of Nations after fulfilling their initial objective of reaching the quarter-finals.

Rachid Alioui scored Morocco's lone goal in their 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast.

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

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The seven-times winners were on the back foot for much of the last eight game against their north African rivals but grabbed the victor from an 87th minute corner.

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Egypt had to wait until the 34th minute for the first chance of the game, as Hegazy headed over the crossbar from close range.

Head coach of Morocco's national football team, Hervé Renard, is dreaming of topping the 2017 African Cup of Nations (CAN2017). Since then, Egypt lost four matches and drew a further eight.

The extent of the injury is still unconfirmed, but with Granit Xhaka now banned from action and proving to be ill-disciplined, Santi Cazorla without a foreseeable return date from injury, Jack Wilshere on loan until the end of the season, as well as the Egyptian's possible extended absence, the Frenchman may well have consider his options.

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

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