2018 World Cup: Morocco, Gabon, Mali, Ivory Coast,
The teams of Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mali and Morocco will compete in the qualifying group C for the World Cup 2018. The Ivorians, African champions, will have strong case to contest their fourth final phase right now.
The team of Ivory Coast will play its fourth final phase of the World Cup result, following those of 2006, 2010 and 2014. The African champions will face Gabon, Mali and Morocco, in qualifying for the 2018 edition.
This is the strongest group they have encountered since the World qualifications of 2006 (against Cameroon and Egypt in particular).
The Ivorians will face in passing their former coach, Herve Renard. The French now heads Morocco.
Whoever won the CAN 2012 and 2015 has only one major objective in Africa: take a selection to the World Cup. The Moroccan team has not played in the World Cup since 1998. With a talented generation, Morocco seems to be the main threat to Ivory Coast.
But Mali or Gabon, also appear to be candidates for the trip to Russia. Malians perhaps more often than not won over the Gabonese, with the Portuguese Jorge Costa as the head coach.
WORLD CUP 2018: THE DRAW OF THE AFRICAN GROUP PLAYOFF
GROUP A: Tunisia, Libya, DR Congo, Guinea
GROUP B: Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria, Nigeria
GROUP C: Gabon, Mali, Ivory Coast, Morocco
GROUP D: Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde
GROUP E: Ghana, Egypt, Congo – Brazzaville, Uganda
The qualifications will be held over six days, between 3 October 2016 and 17 November 2017, and selections from each group play against each other twice. For a draw, the teams will be divided according to their FIFA ranking.