Morocco’s national football team will face their former French head coach Herve Renard.
Rabat – The draw of the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup has pitted Morocco alongside Saudi Arabia in Group C. Completing the group will be the winners of Jordan vs South Sudan and Palestine vs Comoros play-offs.
In line with the COVID-19 preventive measures, the draw took place in Katara Opera House in Doha on April 27 night, with the teams divided into four groups.
The draw reunited the Moroccan national football team with their former head coach Herve Renard, now in charge of Saudi Arabia.
The tournament will serve as a prelude for the 2022 FIFA World Cup; six of the eight World Cup 2022 stadiums will host the 39 matches of the Arab Cup.
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup CEO Nasser Al Khater said: “The FIFA Arab Cup provides Qatar with yet another opportunity to test our plans and preparations ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Fans, players, and officials will have the opportunity to use World Cup infrastructure, including stadiums, training sites, and other facilities.”
He added, “We greatly look forward to hosting national teams from across the Arab world as we build up to the biggest sporting event in our region’s history in 2022.”
Group A consists of Qatar, Iraq, the winner of Oman v Somalia, and the winner of Bahrain v Kuwait. Group B, meanwhile, includes Tunisia, UAE, Syria, and the winner of Mauritania vs Yemen. Group D has Algeria, Egypt, the winner of Lebanon vs Djibouti, and the winner of Libya v Sudan.
The four winners and runner-ups of each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The tournament is set to start on November 30, with the final game taking place on December 18.