Morocco hat-trick hero Alloudi to miss Guinea tie

January 23, 2008

ACCRA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Morocco hat-trick hero Soufiane Alloudi will miss Thursday's African Nations Cup encounter with Guinea, coach Henri Michel said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who grabbed the first three goals in Monday's 5-1 win over Namibia, was later substituted in the second half after a tackle on his knee.

'We hope he will be OK for the third game next week,' Michel told reporters in Accra.

'The injury is really unfortunate. He was our man of the match and it was the only black mark of the game for us.'

Morocco share top place with hosts Ghana in Group A. If both teams win on Thursday they will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Morocco's match against Guinea at Accra's Ohene Djan stadium is followed by Ghana's game with Namibia.