Egypt, Morocco face off for AFCON Futsal title

Morocco will take on record champions in the final on Friday night, four years after they floored them 3-2 in a tightly contested finale in South Africa to clinch their maiden crown.

As they head into the Laayoune Arena on Friday night, the Egyptians will have vivid memories of their failures four years ago and will come in to exert revenge, eyeing a fourth title.

The Pharaohs won the crown in 1996, 2000 and 2004 and will look to clinch a fourth crown to remain as Africa’s most successful team in the competition. Morocco, playing in front of their home fans are eager to retain the cup despite knowing too well they face a stern test against the fellow North Africans.

Road to the final

Egypt:

The Pharaohs topped Group B with a 100pc record after beating Guinea (9-0), Angola (3-0) and Mozambique (3-2). In the semi finals, they saw off Libya 5-2 to not only book a place in the final but also confirm their place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Lithuania.

They scored a total of 20 goals and conceded just four in their four matches.

Morocco:

The home side and defending champions played just two matches after the withdrawal of Mauritius. They won against Libya (3-0) and Equatorial Guinea (8-1). In the semi-finals, they beat Angola 4-0.

Overall in the tournament, they have scored 15 goals and conceded just one in three matches.

President Ahmad for the final

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad will lead a high-powered delegation for the final and he will be flagged by First vice president Constant Omari, who is also the president of the DR Congo FA as well as the host president, Faouzi Lekjaa who is the CAF second vice president.

Also part of the CAF delegation in Laayoune on Friday night will be the president of the Burkinabe Football Federation, Colonel Sita Sangare and his Niger counterpart Colonel Major Djibrilla Hima Hamidou.

The finale will be preceded by a tie between Libya and Angola in the third place play-off with the winner earning the tournament’s bronze medal and Africa’s third and final slot at the Futsal World Cup.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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