After a 4-1 defeat against Mexico in a friendly last month, the Ivorian team will face a rather cold reception from fans at the Felicia on Saturday
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Following their 4-1 loss to Mexico at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, the entire outfit and coach Sabri Lamouchi have faced disparaging remarks from pundits and supporters, many of whom have suggested reforms and a new coach.
Dominating Morocco in a fashionable style will probably pacify some frustrated fans but may not be enough to unseat the doubt and waning hopes for their onetime beloved Elephants.
Morocco held the star-studded Ivorian team to a 2-2 draw in the first leg played in June 2012 in Marrakech. They have indicated that they will keep up the fight, despite playing away. Morocco want to prove they are a side to be reckoned with as well on the continent, which will usher them onto preparation for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, that the Kingdom will be hosting.
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Cote D’Ivoire and Morocco were in the same Group A at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt, with the Ivorians winning 1-0
Kolo Toure, who scored Cote D’Ivoire’s second goal against Morocco in the first leg, no longer receives call ups from the team.
The Elephants vice captain Didier Zokora absconded from the team’s hotel on Wednesday after he was stripped of the captain band
Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi says it is always a pleasure facing Cote D’Ivoire because of the stars in the team and their rich experience
The Lions of Atlas will be facing an Ivorian defence without injured Gosso Gosso Jean Jacques and Didier Zokora, who departed the team’s hotel a day ago
Morocco officials have been trying to rally North African nationals in the Ivorian commercial capital Abidjan to help support them by attending the game on Saturday