The Ivory Coast to not only beat the Atlas Lions but to qualify for the next round of the tournament.
Rabat – Herve Renard, the coach of Morocco’s national football team said that “each game against the Ivory Coast is more than difficult.”
Morocco and Ivory Coast will face each other today, Thursday, June 28, as part of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN). The game will see one of the teams qualify for the next round of the competition.
In a pre-match press conference held on Thursday, June 27, Renard, who led the Ivory Coast team to a CAN victory in 2015, said that it has a secret he would “put it” on Friday’s match.
Quoted by France 24, the coach said that the “past doesn’t hold much importance” as he has to focus on today’s match.
“We have to focus on the game tomorrow which isn’t just any group game. I think the goal of the two teams is to go much further in the competition,” Renard said.
He added that he does not think of himself as a trump card for Morocco, emphasizing that he is lucky to be managing Morocco’s football team, which includes “quality players.”
The Ivory Coast is also looking forward to meeting the Moroccan national football team with anticipation.
The coach of the Ivory Coast, Ibrahim Kamara, said that his team will not focus on revenge, referring to Morocco’s 2-0 win against his team in November 2017.
The win secured Morocco’s place in the 2018 World Cup.
“We’re not here for revenge,” said Kamara.
He added, “In football, every match is different to deal with. Our main aim is to qualify, not to beat Morocco and then go home.”
Morocco won its opening game against Namibia last week, securing three points that could give the Atlas Lions a push during today’s game.
Fans of the national team now wait with bated breath to see whether the Atlas Lions will triumph in today’s match against Ivory Coast.