Morocco Defeats Nigeria To Clinch African Nations Championship Title
14:27, Feb 6, 2018
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The Atlas Lions of Morocco on Sunday made history in the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament thanks to a 4-0 thumping of Nigeria's Super Eagles Team in a final match at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.
Ayoub El Kaabi well and truly put the cherry on top with a goal in the 74th minute.
Akinade Onigbinde, Coach of FRSC FC, Abuja, on Monday said that the home-based Eagles also known as CHAN Eagles had reasons to improve on speed in order to confront faster teams like Morocco in future matches.
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Thirteen minutes later, Libya's Abdulrahm Khalleefah scored into an empty net after an error from the Morocco's keeper Anas Zniti forcing extra time.
The hosts were having the better of the first half, but Nigeria did have sight of goal when a smart turn from Eneji allowed him to lay the ball off to Reuben Gabriel.
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This CHAN final that was chaired by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and attended by CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, will obviously remain in the annals of Moroccan football as it revealed players with huge talent, like Ayoub El Kaabi who was the top scorer with nine goals netted, including one in the final match.
The host, Morocco were by far the better side as they tore apart a hapless Nigeria team, who ended the game with a man less after Eneji Moses was given a red card early in the second half.
In the event, Morocco became the first nation to win both senior men's titles in the African continent, following from their triumph in the AFCON in Ethiopia 42 years ago.
He called on the players to give it one more push as they have 90 minutes separating them and the trophy.
Walid El Karti then ensured the Nigerian team had a mountain to climb with the second goal in the 61st minute.
El Kaabi had a goal disallowed and struck the woodwork before Hadraf sidefooted a cut-back between the legs of goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye for a 45th-minute lead.
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