Morocco coach warns Egypt not to underestimate South Africa in AFCON round 16 clash

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 4 Jul 2019,
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Morocco's coach Herve Renard looks on prior to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group B football match between South Africa and Morocco at the Al Salam Stadium in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 1, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

Morocco's coach Harve Renerad has warned Egypt national team to prepare well for the coming South African match during the knockout stagfe of the 2019 Africcan Cup of Nations, on Saturday. 

Egypt will face South Africa in the last 16 of the African Cup of Nations on Saturday at Cairo Stadium.

"Egypt has a very tough opponent who has brilliant players in the squad," Renerad told at a press conference on Thursday.

"I warn Egypt national team from neglecting the importance of South Africa team since they are a tough opponent,"

"Everything in the tournament is going well, starting from the games broadcast to the trainings' playgrounds. Egypt introduced an excellent tournament," the Morocco coach said.

Egypt advanced as Group A winners with the maximum nine points following wins over Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda.

South Africa qualified for the knockout phase from Group D as one of the best four third-placed sides, collecting three points.

The Pharaohs' last competitive games against South Africa were in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers, with the Bafana Bafana defeating them 1-0 at home before holding them to a 0-0 draw on the road.

Egypt won the 1998 Nations Cup in Burkina Faso after beating South Africa 2-0 in the final.

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Egypt
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Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
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Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
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2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
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3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
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2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1