• Khalid Boutaib - Moroccan forward aims to continue good form

    (AfricanFootball.com) Yeni Malatyaspor forward Khalid Boutaïb will be aiming to continue his impressive goal scoring form when the Super League outfit take on İstanbul Başakşehir this weekend.

    The 30-year-old has been in the form of his life over the past 12 months and has already scored six goals in 10 appearances for his Turkish club this season.

    With a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Ivory Coast on the horizon, Atlas Lions head coach Herve Renard will be hoping that the towering forward will carry his form to Abidjan where a draw will be enough to book their ticket to Russia.

    The French-born striker bagged a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Gabon in Casablanca last month as the North African's edged closer to next year's showpiece.

    Morocco last featured at a World Cup in 1998 where they suffered a group stage exit, but hopes are high that they will end their 20 year wait at the expense of the current African champions.

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