Morocco qualifies for Gabon 2017 even with 2 rounds to go

With four rounds of matches concluded and two more to go in the qualifying series of the 2017 African Nations Cup (AFCON), the Herve Renard tutored Atlas Lions of Morocco have qualified for the final tournament to be hosted by Gabon between January and February 2017.

Morocco has amassed the maximum 12 points from four games played in Group F and joins automatic qualifier and hosts Gabon in the final tournament.

Morocco sealed their berth in the 2017 Gabon finals after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in Marrakech on Tuesday.
Star striker Youssef El Arabi scored twice early in the second half, the first from a penalty that resulted in a visiting footballer being red-carded.
Morocco hold a six-point Group F lead over top-ranked African team Cape Verde with two rounds left and a head-to-head advantage having also beaten the islanders last Saturday in Praia.
Frenchman Herve Renard, who led Zambia and Ivory Coast to the African title in the past three tournaments, replaced Badou Zaki as Morocco coach a month ago.
Five teams however have been eliminated with two rounds of matches to go and top among the casualties are the Super Eagles of Nigeria who suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Pharaohs of Egypt in Cairo.
Other teams that have suffered elimination are Djibouti in Group A, Equatorial Guinea in Group C and Kenya in Group E while Mozambique in Group H has also joined the scrapheap.

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