MOROCCO MAKES HISTORY IN CHAN
Morocco became the first host country of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) to win it. The ATLAS Lions of Morocco defeated 10-man Nigeria 4-0 in a one-sided final matchup at the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca.
WAFU FINAL “REPEATED”
It was a repeat of what happened at the WAFU tournament when the Home based Eagles were thrashed by host GHANA 4-0 final of the competition. The HOME based Eagles have become nearly men and coach Salisu Yusuf can now be tagged “a finalist”.
Worthy of Note is the dominance of the Moroccans from the blast of the whistle, it was obvious they had perfected their game plan and at the end of hostilities the North African side deservedly won the match with an emphatic victory.
OPENER AND THE ENEJI MISADVENTURE
Zakaria Hadraf gave the Moroccans the lead just before half time which would have dislodged any game plan the Nigerian team would have had.Eneji’s dismissal really compounded the woes of the Super Eagles.The mystery was that Eneji who was one of the standout players in the WAFU tournament had been injured YET he was on the plane to CHAN2018, the final was his first match of the tournament, just recuperating,seems the coach wanted to use him an unfit player as the joker but it terribly backfired.
PUMPING IN THE GOALS
Morocco ran rings and riot around the Super Eagles , this sustained pressure resulted in two goals in three minutes for the host, goals by Walid El Kaarti and Hadraf. Eventual top scorer with 9 goals and tournament’s MVP Ayoub El Kaabi robbed salt into our injury by scoring the 4th goal.
Some have gone to town to postulate that the Moroccans that defeated us are the Russia world cup bound team, that is just mere excuses because the Black stars that thrashed us 4-1 margin at the WAFU CUP FINAL were completely home based players.
The first runners-up in CHAN 2018 will walk away with $700,000, a 75 per cent increase from $400,000, while the semi-finalist will take home $400,000, an increase of up to 60 per cent.
he winner of this year’s 5th edition of 2018 CHAN in Morocco will pocket a staggering US$2.5 million in prize money, which represents a 67% increase from $750,000 awarded to winners of the previous editions
Starting XI vs. Morocco: Dele Ajiboye; Osas Okoro, Kalu Orji, Stephen Eze, Ikouwem Udoh; Rabiu Ali (Austine Oladapo 57′), Emeka Atuloma, Dayo Ojo, Peter Eneji(RED CARD); Emeka Ogbugh (Anthony Okpotu 55′), Gabriel Okechukwu (Ibrahim Mustapha 78′)