Sellami: Morocco ready for final against Nigeria

Hosts Morocco are through to the final of the African Nations Championship having beaten Libya 3-1 after extra-time at the Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca

The home-based Atlas Lion of Morocco have lifted the 2018 CHAN trophy after drubbing Nigeria's home-based Super Eagles 4-0 in the final on Sunday.

Morocco nearly took the lead on three minutes through Walid El Karti who connected with a cut-back only to see his effort go off target from close range.

The team finished third four years ago in their debut appearance in South African and failed to progress beyond the group stage in the last edition in Rwanda.

El Kaabi made his global debut for Morocco on 13 January during the 2018 (CHAN) match against Mauritania, scoring three goals.

Morocco thought they had opened the scoring but danger man Ayoub El Kaabi's goal was disallowed after the ball had gone out of play from a corner.

It is the first time that Nigeria would reach the final of the tournament exclusively for footballers plying their trade in their countries' domestic leagues.

After Moses had been sent off, Morocco took control and Nigeria fell apart with some comical defending contributing to their downfall.

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Goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye will then pull off top saves in the 54 and 55 minutes to barely keep the Eagles alive.

This was the start of the Nigerian collapse and Hadraf doubled his tally for the match just three minutes later to make it 3-0.

Libya had the first chance of extra-time as Ahmed Eltrbi's header was scrambled away by a combination of Zniti and two other Moroccan players.

Morocco defender Jawad el Yamiq completed his move from Raja Casablanca to Genoa late on Wednesday.

Gabriel Okechukwu scored the game's only goal in the 16th minute to send the Super Eagles to the final.

Head-to-head, Morocco and Nigeria have met in 12 official matches.

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