CHAN 2018 Finals: Morocco Vs Nigeria Sun 4th Feb, 2018
Morocco, and Nigeria. Morocco beat Libya 3 – 1 whiles Nigeria managed a one-nil victory against Sudan.
Playing at a packed Complexe Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco needed extra time to beat fellow north Africans Libya on Wednesday evening. The first-half ended goalless but on the 73rd minutes mark CHAN record top scorer Ayoub El Kaabi scored.
The lead was cancelled thirteen minutes later as Libya’s Abdulrahm Khalleefah hit an equalizer sending the game into extra time.
El Kaabi extended his scoring record with a goal in the first part of the extra time. Morocco sealed a dominant performance when Walid El Karti scored a penalty to put the result beyond Libya.
In the other fixture between Nigeria and Sudan at the Grande Stade Marrakech, it was the west Africans who took a first-half lead through Gabriel Okechukwu’s 16th minute goal.
The dynamics of the game changed in the second-half as Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off. Both managers quickly tinkered with their squads with a number of quick substitutions. But Nigeria held on to set up a final with the hosts.
The third-place match is scheduled for Marrakech on February 3 between losing semi-finalists Libya and Sudan whiles the final will be in Casablanca on Sunday February 4, 2018.
Morocco vs Nigeria
Venue: Casablanca stadium
Ayoub El Kaabi’s seventh goal of the tournament looked like sending Morocco to the final until an error from his keeper Anas Zniti gifted Libya’s Abdoulraham Khalifa an equaliser.
El Kaabi put Morocco 2-1 up in the sixth minute of extra-time with a simple tap-in before Walid El Karti’s penalty put the result beyond doubt.
In Sunday’s final of the tournament for home-based African footballers, Morocco will now face either Nigeria or Sudan who meet in the second semi-final later on Wednesday in Marrakech….
Nigeria v Morocco
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08 Nov 1969 Nigeria v Morocco W 2-0 FIFA World Cup
06 Mar 1976 Morocco v Nigeria L 3-1 Africa Cup of Nations
11 Mar 1976 Morocco v Nigeria L 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations
19 Mar 1980 Nigeria v Morocco W 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations
14 Aug 1983 Morocco v Nigeria D 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations
28 Aug 1983 Nigeria v Morocco W 0-0 Africa Cup of Nations
12 Dec 1996 Morocco v Nigeria L 2-0 Hassan II Trophy
03 Feb 2000 Nigeria v Morocco W 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations
27 Jan 2004 Nigeria v Morocco L 0-1 Africa Cup of Nations
25 Jan 2014 Morocco v Nigeria W 3-4 African Nations Championship