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2018 CHAN final: Morocco beat Nigeria to trophy [PHOTOS] - FCNaija

Africa Focus By: Ambrose Udeme | 05/02/2018

2018 CAHN host Morocco lived up to their pre-tournament favourites tag after taking Nigeria to the cleaners following a 4-0 thumping of the West Africans in the final on Sunday at a packed Complexe Mohamed V in Casablanca.

A brace from Zakaria Hadraf and a goal each from Walid El Karti and Ayoub El Kaabi was all the Moroccans needed to win their first major continental title since the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations.

Trailing by a lone goal, Nigeria’s chances of a comeback were dealt a severe blow two minutes after recess when Moses was sent off for a second yellow card after fouling Hadraf.

The second goal came on 61 minutes through El Karti, and yet again Haddad was the architect. El Kaabi was for the second time denied the post and Haddad pounced on the loose ball and fired a shot a goal that Nigeria goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye parried for El Karti to head home the rebound.

Hadraf completed his brace two minutes later after Ajiboye made a weak touch of a Haddad cross, and the former tapped home the rebound to take the game beyond the Nigerians.

El Kaabi finally registered his name of the scoring cards, firing past Ajiboye from close range on 74 minutes for his ninth of the competition, and seal victory.

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