The Morocco team has qualified for the final of an African Nations Championship (CHAN 2018) it hosts, this January 31 in Casablanca. Moroccans beat the Libyans 3-1 after extra time thanks to two goals from Ayoub El Kaabi. They will face Nigeria on February 4th.
The Moroccan team has only one step to go to succeed: winning the African Nations Championship ( CHAN 2018 ) at home. The Moroccan selection has indeed qualified for the first final of a major senior tournament since that of the 2004 CAN. On February 4 in Casablanca, it will challenge Nigeria, 1-0 defender of Sudan.
To achieve this result, the “Atlas Lions” had to remove Libya in the semifinals of CHAN 2018, January 31 in Casablanca. A task that could have been much easier if the Moroccans had been effective in the first period.
Libyan Mohamed Nashnush suffers but does not give in
In the 5th minute, attacking midfielder Ashraf Benchirki slipped the ball to striker Walid El Karti, who stung him over goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush. But a Libyan defender manages to clear in front of his line.
In the 24th, on a free-kick coming from the right, the midfielder Salaheddine Saidi sends the ball on the cross with a ball. The ball bounces in front of the goal line. Ayoub El Kaabi followed but his head shot was not enough to surprise Nashnush.
The latter must still work on a powerful free kick (39th) and then rely on a rescue of Libyan defender Ahmed El Trbi in the feet of winger Ismail El Haddad (42).
In the second half, the “Knights of the Mediterranean”, winners of CHAN 2014 , are a little more enterprising. Saleh Taher Saieb’s header forced defender Abdeljalil Jbira to play the rescuers (63).
The double of Ayoub El Kaabi
Shoved, the Moroccans rely once again on their star, Ayoub El Kaabi. The revelation and best artificer CHAN 2018 indeed has its total to seven achievements with a stung head, following a center midfielder Zakaria Hadraf: 1-0, 73rd.
Madness then seizes the public. A blunder of Anas Zniti however spoils the party temporarily. In the 86th minute, the goalkeeper wants to pick an opponent but he misses his dribble. Attacker Saleh Taher Saeid intercepts the ball and instantly passes it on to Abdulrhman Ramadhan Khalleefah who sends it to the back of the net 1-1, 86th.
Not enough to demoralize the players of the team of Morocco, however, including El Kaabi. In overtime, after stopping a ball in front of his goal line (91), the resident of the Renaissance Sportive de Berkane still wears his hero costume. At the 96th, the top scorer in the history of the competition is indeed his total to 8 goals by taking advantage of a corner deflected to the second post: 2-1. The center forward can leave the pitch under the vivas of supporters (105th).
At the 117th minute, Walid El Karti hit the nail on penalty (3-1) following a tackle too brutal Ahmed El Trbi. The Libyans will play the match for 3rd place, February 3 in Marrakech.