Morocco thrash Nigeria to take African Nations Championship title

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

"The CHAN team is good enough to win the championship, owing to the winning at all cost mentality displayed by the players so far in the tourney", Adepoju said.

Adepoju told The Guardian yesterday that scoring early goal would go a long way in disorganising the Moroccan players who would be banking on home advantage to secure victory in the encounter.

Hadraf got the first goal in the 44th minute when El Haddad beat Osas Okoro and crossed to the winger who struck past Dele Ajiboye.

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Morocco began the brighter side, and tournament top scorer Ayoub El Kaabi had a headed goal ruled out in the seventh minute after the ball was adjudged to have gone out of play in its flight.

Morocco on Sunday made history by lifting the 2018 Africa- Nations Championship.

Mosse Eneji's second yellow card of the match earned him a red card in the 47th minute and things fell apart for the Nigerians.

Morocco were the rightful winners of the match as they dominated Nigeria.

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He called on the players to give it one more push as they have 90 minutes separating them and the trophy.

Hadraf got his second of the night on 64 minutes before Ayoub El Kaabi netted the fourth for Morocco - his 9th in the competition - on 73 minutes.

The hosts are packed with pace and power and will be hoping to entertain their fans when they face the Super Eagles in the finals.

Eneji was sent for an early shower two minutes into the second half following a foul on Hadraf to early a send booking.

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The third-put coordinate is booked for Marrakech on February 3 between losing semi-finalists Libya and Sudan while the final will be in Casablanca on Sunday, February 4, 2018.


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