Morocco and the Ivory Coast will face each other on Friday in the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco won their opening match of the tournament, defeating Namibia 1 – 0 but the Ivory Coast are coming to the tournament with better results so far this year. Morocco are currently ranked forty-seventh in the world while the Ivory Coast are sixty-second.
However, prior to the tournament Morocco have not won a match in a while. They drew 0 – 0 with Malawi and then lost 0 – 1 to Argentina, 0 – 1 to Gambia and 2 – 3 to Zambia. In many ways the Ivory Coast have had the better year, they defeated Rwanda 3 – 0, Liberia 1 – 0, Comoros 3 – 1 and Zambia 4 – 1. However, they did lose 0 – 1 to Uganda.
The teams played twice in 2017 and Morocco won the first game 1 – 0 and the second 0 – 2. They also met twice in 2016 with one game ending in a goalless draw and the other the Ivory Coast won 0 – 1. Since 2006 they have played eight times, the Ivory Coast has won three of those games, Morocco won two, and the other three ended in draws.