Safri's Morocco ready to take on Ivorians

Last updated : 21 January 2006 By Rick Lamb
There is no word yet on whether Canaries star Youssef Safri will feature as his country take on the much-fancied Elephants of the Ivory Coast.

If he plays, Moroccan Safri can expect to see some familiar faces on the other side as Arsenal stars Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue as well as Chelsea's Didier Drogba.

The Atlas Lions face a tough task in qualifying from Group A, with World Cup bound opponents the Ivory Coast joined by hosts Egypt.

The Pharaohs got their campaign off to a flying start last night with a 3-0 win over unfancied Libya, expected to be the whipping boys of the group. Tottenham's Mido scored the first goal and had a penalty saved, although team mate Ahmed Hassan netted the rebound. Mohamed Aboutrika scored the other with a spectacular free kick.

Morocco follow up this afternoon's match, which will be shown from noon on Eurosport, with a tie against Egypt on Tuesday night, before wrapping things up against Libya next Saturday evening.