• WC 2018 Qualifiers: Final three African soccer World Cup slots to be settled

    (Reuters) - Senegal and Tunisia are on the brink of qualification for next year’s World Cup finals but the tussle between the Ivory Coast and Morocco is set for a dramatic finale in Abidjan at the weekend.

    Egypt and Nigeria have already claimed two of the five African slots for the tournament in Russia and the final set of qualifiers being played over the next week will determine the other three.

    Group C will also be settled on Saturday where Morocco lead the standings by a single point from the Ivorians, who have been to the last three World Cups but have been struggling in recent times without the influence of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.

    Anything other than a win for the Ivorians will give Morocco their first appearance at a World Cup in 20 years.

    “It’s like a cup final we have to win,” said Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots at a news conference on Wednesday.

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