CHAN 2018 final: Morocco, Nigeria began February 4 assemblage

Laverne Mann
February 5, 2018

The Super Eagles lost four goals to nil against Morocco in the final of the tournament which was played in Casablanca city, Morroco. Every team is beatable.

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 have not touched this trophy since its inception and for Nigeria to reach the final in Morocco, it is a huge success, " he said.

Nigeria, who were reduced to 10 men in the 47th minute when Moses Eneji received a second yellow, capitulated after the break, as they struggled to cope with the conditions, the man deficit and Morocco's attacking firepower, with Ayoub El Kaabi adding his ninth of the tournament 18 minutes from time.

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

The Eagles on Wednesday night booked their place at the final of the tournament after beating Sudan 1-0 to face hosts Morocco in the final.

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

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The only blemish was partly self-inflicted as they fielded a virtual reserve side in a goalless draw with Sudan after both nations had secured last-eight places.

The Atlas Lions became the first nation to ever be crowned champions of CHAN on their home turf. Despite the Nigeria team being strong we have all that it takes to win and keep the throphy here.

"It is not going to be hard playing Morocco because for us we have been playing away from home for like three weeks".

The Eagles went on to defeat Angola 2 - 1 in the quarterfinal, before their semifinal with Sudan.

Going into Sunday's Final, former Nigeria global Yusuf is tested further with injury to goalkeeper and Captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the semifinal ruling him out of the big clash, and 45,000 home fans cheering on the Atlas Lions. We have managed a few situations through the campaign and still have to manage some going into the final match.

"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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