Morocco lead Nigeria by four goals

Todd Singleton
February 5, 2018

Morocco are set to face Nigeria, who beat Sudan 1-0 in the second semi-final, in Sunday's climax.

The Libyans continued their quest to score and the Moroccan keeper Anas Zniti made a good save at the feet of Moftah Taktak.

Morocco sealed a first final appearance in the five-edition tournament three minutes from time when fouled Walid el Karti converted the penalty.

Libya had the first chance of extra-time as Ahmed Eltrbi's header was scrambled away by a combination of Zniti and two other Moroccan players.

"We will be playing against a hard opponent but all my players are ready for the game because it is a special game for them".

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

Nigeria will now lock horns with Morocco in Sunday's final.

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The King expressed his "warmest congratulations to all the components of the national team, players, coach, technical and medical staff, leaders and executives of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) following this great sporting feat that comes to crown the attractive performance and high competitiveness that the national team has shown during all phases of this African competition, organized in Morocco".

"From the beginning of the tournament we selected players based on their physical conditions and the opponents".

Playing at a stuffed Complexe Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco required additional opportunity to beat kindred north Africans Libya on Wednesday evening.

Contributing, Enugu State Boxing Coach Blaise Ude prayed that the team would be successful in the final.

It was the first loss suffered by Sudan in the biennial tournament since they debuted 2,551 days ago as 2011 hosts.

"I just want to encourage them to believe in themselves, just as we did in 2013".

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