Illness strikes Morocco at African Cup

Updated: January 26, 2012, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

LIBREVILLE, Gabon -- Morocco's reserve goalkeeper Issam Badda has a mild form of malaria and leading striker Marouane Chamakh was hit by fever and a stomach illness at the African Cup of Nations.

Badda received a blood transfusion at a hospital after being diagnosed with Type 3 malaria, while Chamakh underwent a series of tests.

Forward Oussama As-Saidi is sidelined with injury, too.

Morocco lost to Tunisia in the Group C opener and plays Gabon, which will be boosted by home fans in Libreville on Friday.

Another loss and the Moroccans would match Senegal's surprising elimination from the tournament.

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