Egypt, Morocco to contest 2016 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations
Posted: 24 April 2016 Time: 12:39
The final of the CAF Africa Futsal Cup of Nations, South Africa 2016 will be contested by two North African countries after they disposed of their Southern African counterparts.
Egypt had the better of Zambia (5-4) while Morocco brushed aside Mozambique (4-1) at the Ellis Park Arena on Friday, 22 April 2016 to set up what set to be a thrilling final and a good end to the 10-day tournament.
The final between Egypt and Morocco will be at 17h00 in what should be a mouth-watering final at the Ellis Park Arena on Sunday, 24 April 2016.
This will be preceded by the third and fourth place play-off between Zambia and Mozambique at 14h00 in which the winner will join Morocco and Egypt to the FIFA World Cup in Colombia.
Both Egypt and Morocco have already booked their place at the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia as the CAF representatives.
Already qualified are Colombia as hosts, Azerbaijan, Italy, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Solomon Islands, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Australia, Iran, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam – five places are still up for grabs.
The 8th edition of the Futsal World Cup runs from 10 September to 1 October with 24 countries taking part.
Egypt has now qualified for every edition of the FIFA Futsal World Cup since 1996.
The last time Egypt and Morocco met was back in 2000, with Egypt winning 3-2 as they went on to earn their second African title and also booking a place at the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Guatemala.
Egypt holds the upper hand as they have already won the CAF Futsal AFCON a record three times – 1996, 2000 and 2004 – and being runners up in 2008.
The closest Morocco has come to the title is second place in 2000, and then managing a bronze medal in 2004 and 2008.
But Egypt has to be wary of an improved Morocco side that scored four goals in the semi-finals whilst they (Egypt) let in four goals against a fast-running Zambia side.
It will be the battle of the defences with both teams conceding the same number of goals – eight. Morocco scored 14 in the whole tournament so far, two more than Egypt.
Mozambique go into the third-place play-off with a lot of experience as they finished second to Egypt in 2004, and also managing fourth place in 2008 losing to Morocco.
Zambia will also be boosted by the fact that they have made the last four in only their second tournament – in 2008 they could not get our of the group stages.
3rd/4th Place play-off: Mozambique vs Zambia (Ellis Park Arena – kick-off at 14h00)
Final: Egypt vs Morocco (Ellis Park Arena – kick-off at 17h00)