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Morocco triumph with CHAN after crushing Nigeria 4-0


Morocco ended 42 years without a senior national team football trophy by hosting and winning the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for home-based footballers at the weekend.

Ayoub El Kaabi's seventh goal of the tournament looked like sending Morocco to the final until an error from his keeper Anas Zniti gifted Libya's Abdulrahman Khalifa an equaliser.

Morocco also became the first champions to win five of the six matches - defeating Mauritania, Guinea, Namibia and Libya before overwhelming Nigeria.

In head-to-head statistics, Morocco and Nigeria have met in 12 official matches according to FIFA's database.

The Eagles threatened briefly as the half wore on, but Morocco soon shot ahead after a slick move put Abdeljalil Jbira free down the left flank, his brilliant pullback from the by-line swept home by Zakaria Hadraf.

"When I watched their first and second matches and saw how the players missed goal scoring chances, I did not expect them to go beyond the quarter-finals".




The NFF Technical Committee member advised the players not to approach the final game with anxiety, saying that their commitment and determination to win every game in the tournament should be reenacted tomorrow.

NAN reports that Nigeria was defeated 4-0 in the fifth edition of the Championship of African Nations finals played on February 4.

The sides were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes in Marrakech.

Nigeria then suffered another blow early in the second half as Eneji was sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul on Mohamed Nahiri.

As if Nigeria's task, in front of a partisan crowd at the Stade Mohammed V, wasn't tricky enough, Peter Moses was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 47th minute following a clumsy tackle from behind on Nahiri.

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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