Nigeria Lose To Morocco In African Nations Championship Final

Isaac Cain
February 5, 2018

Morocco and Nigeria have reached the finals of 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco after recording victories this Wednesday 31 January 2018 during the semi-final clashes.

Morocco made it 2-0 on 61st minute through El Karti and scored three minutes later on 64th minute through Hadraf for his brace.

The Home-Based Super Eagles have come good on Coach Salisu Yusuf's promise that they would reach the final of the CHAN, with Gabriel Okechukwu's goal securing victory over Sudan.

The numerous public who flocked to the stadium despite the rainy day was not disappointed as the match was a great show and the Atlas Lions performed a remarkable game that enabled them to fulfill their mission and, above all, to live up to the hopes placed in them.

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.

"We were opposed to an organised selection that caused us a lot of problems".

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

The Nigerians will meet hosts, Morocco, who earlier spanked Libya 3-0, in the final. Each side has five wins on their belts while in two games they both shared the spoils.

"Every players dream is to win a trophy and make our country proud".

"All the players were not exposed to worldwide football and besides, they have no room in the squad used by the Nigerian coach to prosecute the 2018 World Cup qualifier, " Ezenwa said.

Contributing, Enugu State Boxing Coach Blaise Ude prayed that the team would be successful in the final. "If we do the right things, we will beat Morocco". Even therein, he had to strategize for resistance against Sudan after they had to play half an hour with 10 men against 11.

"Nigeria have individual players and they want to win duels but my team is prepared and we have qualities to get solutions against them".

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