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Morocco, Champion of CHAN 2018

Morocco, Champion of CHAN 2018

Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju, has advised the CHAN Super Eagles to make good use of any chance that comes their way to score early goals in tomorrow's African Nation's Championship final against the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

Ayoub Kaabi made it 4-0 in the 74th minute with a clinical finish as the hosts won their first CHAN tournament.

Nigeria bounced back from a goal down to defeat Angola 2-1 after extra-time in the quarter-final, before beating Sudan 1-0 in the semi-finals despite playing with ten men.

He said that the home-based Eagles allowed their Moroccan counterparts to dominate and dictate the pace of the match in all departments.

At final whistle the Moroccans celebrated their first ever CHAN championship and became the first host nation to win the tournament.

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Morocco continued to create the better opportunities and eventually broke the deadlock after 72 minutes when substitute Zakaria Hadraf's cross was met by El Kaabi to guide his header home.

His nine goals comfortably surpassed the previous record of five from Zambian Given Singuluma in the first CHAN finals nine years ago.

The host, Morocco were by far the better side as they tore apart a hapless Nigeria team, who ended the game with a man less after Eneji Moses was given a red card early in the second half.

The sides were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes in Marrakech.

In the second half, things went bad for the Super Eagles as debutant Eneji was given the marching order for a second caution after a reckless tackle on Mohammed Nahiri. However, Nigeria had a harder task after Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off two minutes before the hour mark, but Nigeria held on to book a place in the final. Walid El Karti scored the second goal at the 61st minute of the game, while Hadraf scored a third one at the 64th minute.