Morocco and Tunisia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Pablo Tucker
November 12, 2017

Mohamed Salah has congratulated Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia for making history as the first time four Arab countries qualify for the Fifa World Cup finals.

A mouth-watering clash lay in store in Abidjan, where Côte d'Ivoire hosted Morocco, with the victor booking a ticket to Russian Federation 2018.

Dirar gave his side the lead in the 25 minute when a cross-cum-shot from the Fenerbahçe winger eluded Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo.


For the record, the Atlas Lions team now managed by Hervé Renard, was qualified in the past to the World Cup in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998.

Tunisia, meanwhile, progressed as winners of Group A despite not being able to end their campaign with victory over Libya, who finished bottom.

West Africa has dominated Africa's contingent at the World Cup in recent years but some of its big names missed out this time: Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana, all African champions multiple times, won't be in Russian Federation. Morocco needed just a point from the game to qualify.


Starting the final game three points behind Tunisia, Congo beat Guinea 3-1 in a whirlwind finish, when Congo scored twice in injury time.

While the Elephants will be left to rue a first World Cup qualifying failure since 2002, Morocco can now look forward to heading to Russian Federation as North Africa's third representatives alongside Tunisia and Egypt.

A goalless stalemate at home to Libya was enough for the Eagles of Carthage to pip Congo DR to top spot in Group A, while Morocco recorded an impressive 2-0 victory away to Côte d'Ivoire.


Zambia went ahead on 26 minutes through Patson Daka, but Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa soon equalised.

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