Morocco, Tunisia braced for early showdown

AP, Thursday 19 Jan 2012

Rivals Morocco and Tunisia are braced for an early showdown as both teams hope to lead the North African challenge at the African Cup of Nations

Tunisia National football team
Tunisia National football team (Photo: AFP)

The teams will get an immediate indicator of which is better off when they meet in their opening match in Group C on Monday, a game that could be a fiery start to the tournament for the fierce rivals.

After co-host Gabon and Niger open the Gabonese side of the tournament at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Morocco and Tunisia face off in a showdown which may define their tournaments.

The winner is a good bet to top Group C and enjoy an easier run to the semi-finals. The loser could be left to scrap for second place in the group and a possible meeting with likely Group D winner Ghana in the quarterfinals.

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