Morocco Are CHAN 2018 Champions With Impressive Final Win Over Nigeria

by Samuel Abasi Posted on February 5th, 2018

Host nation Morocco beat 10-man Nigeria 4-0 in the final on Sunday to lift the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) trophy – the tournament for home-based African players. Nigeria just never found a way to overcome the deficit after Peter Eneji Moses was sent-off for a second yellow card just after the break.

Morocco’s first chance came in the third minute when Walid El Karti flicked the ball in from close range.

Morocco’s Zakaria Hadraf scored just before the break. Walid El Karti and Hadraf – with his second – added to Morocco’s lead in quick succession on the hour mark.

Just two minutes after the break Peter Eneji Moses was sent off for a second booking after a clumsy late foul on Mohammed Nahiri.

On the hour mark Morocco doubled their lead when El Kaabi’s overhead kick hit the post and rebounded out for El Haddad to fire in another shot which Ajboye could only parry, leaving El Karti with an easy header.

Three minutes later Hadraf scored his second after El Haddad’s cross fell to him via a deflection off Kalu Okogbue and another Ajiboye parry.

Morocco’s Ayoub El Kaabi scored to complete the rout against Nigeria and to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with nine goals.
El Kaabi finally got on the scoresheet after 73 minutes when the ball ricocheted around the area and fell at his feet for him to grab his 9th goal of the tournament.

Nigeria relied mainly on long balls forward for their attacks and Morocco’s Anas Zniti did not have a serious save to make before half-time.

Nigeria’s 10 men were unable to threaten Morocco at all in the second-half with Anas Zniti untroubled in the hosts’ goal.

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